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Bridge, Langtree set hot pace

BACK-ROW strike pair Danny Bridge and Danny Langtree are neck and neck at the top of Oldham’s try list as Roughyeds prepare to start the second half of the Betfred League 1 campaign at Hunslet on Sunday (3.30pm kick-off).

Each Danny boy has scored ten tries in cup and league — one more than centre Zack McComb and three more than scrum-half Dave Hewitt.

Langtree has scored in each of his side’s last three games (1-2-1), while Bridge’s hat-trick against London Skolars placed him for the first time in the RFL’s list of League 1 try scorers.

With nine of his ten scored in the league, Bridge is ninth-equal in the divisional list of top try scorers.

Said head coach Scott Naylor:

“Both are playing fantastically well. ‘Langers’ is enjoying his best-ever season with us and Bridge is having a brilliant first year at Oldham.
“We’re lucky to have them, but they’re not the only ones who are playing well by any means. A lot of the boys are showing up well.”

Naylor is chuffed that the squad that will be aiming for its NINTH league win in a row at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday is a relatively young bunch with an average age of 24 across a 25-strong squad including two loan men in Wakefield’s Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw.

Ten are aged 22 or under — Hooley (19), Kershaw (19), Liam Bent (20), Dave Eccleston (21), Adam Jones (21), Dave Hewitt (22), Matty Wilkinson (22), Danny Rasool (22), Zack McComb (22) and Ben West (22).

For the third game in a row there will be no dual-reg men from Salford.

Naylor still has 23 from whom to choose even allowing for the injury-sidelined Adam Neal and Kenny Hughes.

Young prop Luke Nelmes, who missed his first game of the season against London last week, will be anxious to regain his spot in the 17.

Naylor said of Nelmes:

“He’s a young lad in terms of front-row forward play, but he’s ahead of his years in what we are asking him to do.

“He’s playing very well; he just needs to keep listening and learning.

“You know that whenever he’s out on the field he’ll give you his absolute best.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s big game, the Oldham boss said he expected it to be the toughest of the season so far.

He added:

“We’ve all played each other once now, so we all know about each other.

“Every game will be a real tough one — and it’s going to get a lot harder as we play each other second time around.

“I don’t know whether Danny Grimshaw (ex-Oldham player) will be in their side or not, but it’s very obvious that Nathan Chappell (scored a hat-trick last week) is getting back to his Sheffield Eagles form.”

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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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