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Changes likely in team to be sent to Coventry

OLDHAM fans can stand by for changes in the side to take on Coventry Bears at Butts Park Arena on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Chasing their seventh Betfred League 1 win in a row, Roughyeds will be making their first visit to the Butts Park Arena, which is also home to Coventry RUFC and is situated on Butts Lane, Coventry, CV1 3GE.

Scott Naylor, a big believer in squad rotation to keep all his players primed for action, said:

“Some of the lads need game time and as we have no serious injuries we have an opportunity to utilise the full squad in the next couple of weeks.

“Dual-reg will be available as well, but it’s all about getting the balancing act right.”

Jack Spencer and Dave Eccleston are classed as doubtful because of injuries that kept them out of the Doncaster game, Spencer with a back complaint he picked up at work and Eccleston with a knee injury sustained in training last week.

Added Scott:

“Jack was a little bit better last night and he was able to work out on weights.

“Who knows, by weekend they might both be okay and if that were the case we would have a fully-fit squad apart from Adam Neal.”

Prop Ben Davies, still to make his bow this year after damaging his back pre-season, will be available as well if he comes through this week’s training satisfactorily.

Among the players who didn’t get a run last week were Kyran Johnson, Steven Nield, Kenny Hughes, Danny Rasool and Zack McComb.

There are three ever-presents (14 out of 14 in league and cup) — Danny Langtree, Luke Nelmes and Danny Bridge.

Roughyeds haven’t been to Coventry before because the only previous occasion the two clubs were in the same competition was in 2015 when the peculiarities of the fixture structure meant that not every team played all the rest home and away.

The Bears came to Oldham in the league, in the Challenge Cup and in the League 1 Cup, but Roughyeds were not required to play in the West Midlands.

Currently, the Bears are third bottom with one win from ten league games.

Coach Tom Tsang is hoping half-back Paul Emmanuelli and forward Chris Vitalini will be back to strengthen a side that was beaten by North Wales Crusaders last time out.

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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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