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No dual-reg for Roughyeds — again

FOR the fourth time in the last five Betfred League 1 games, Oldham will have no dual-reg representation in the squad to take on Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

The one exception was in the 32-18 home win against Keighley Cougars on April 15 when Salford Red Devils prop Daniel Murray gave the Roughyeds ‘middle men’ a helping hand.

There was no such assistance, however, in league games against Bradford Bulls, Hunslet and Workington.

In stark contrast, the Cumbrians had three dual-reg pack men from Leigh Centurions in Nick Gregson, Jack Blagbrough and Jonah Cunningham, but it didn’t stop Oldham’s very own middle unit, comprising of Phil Joy, Jack Spencer, Liam Bent, Adam Jones and Luke Nelmes, producing a stirring performance to plant the foundations for a 32-10 triumph.

Bent and Joy scored tries; Spencer led from the front with a superb performance; and Jones and Nelmes both did their club proud in giving Roughyeds a vital advantage where it counted most.

They did it too without injured props Adam Neal, who suffered a head knock in the win against Keighley, and Ben Davies, who has been out all season with a long-standing back complaint.

Neither will be fit for weekend when Scott Naylor’s forwards will again paddle their own canoe as they have been doing, in the main, for the past few weeks.

“No dual-reg — yet again — and that’s disappointing,”

was the only comment from Roughyeds head coach Scott Naylor.

He confirmed that, apart from Neal and Davies, everybody else in the squad was fit and available for selection.

It means he will name his provisional 19-man squad from a group of 24 — the 17 who won at Workington plus Kyran Johnson, Jack Holmes, Steven Nield, Danny Rasool, Zack McComb, Ben West and the only extra forward, Craig Briscoe.

The group includes three on-loan men, but they are all young backs — full-back Luke Hooley (19) and winger Lee Kershaw (18), both from Wakefield Trinity, and centre Kieran Gill (22) from Castleford Tigers.

Roughyeds will be looking to build on their impressive performance at Workington against a workmanlike Thunder outfit that currently sits within the play-off four, albeit on the same number of league points as Naylor’s men but with a better for-and-against record.

They will travel south in confident mood, having already won on the road at London Skolars, Coventry Bears and North Wales Crusaders.


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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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