Davies available to make his season's debut

SCOTT Naylor has confirmed that prop Ben Davies will be available for selection in the Oldham squad to play Coventry Bears at The Butts Park Arena on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

If picked to play, it will be Davies’s first game of the season.

He damaged his back in pre-season and he has been laid off ever since, but heavily involved in treatment, rehab and the like.

For some time he was restricted to limited training, but he is now ready to go and he will be in the selection mix.

Dave Eccleston (knee) and Jack Spencer (back) will join long-term injury victim Adam Neal (concussion) on the sidelines.

It will be the Roughyeds’ first visit to the Butts Park Arena, home of Coventry RU Club.

The Bears are third bottom in Betfred League 1, having won only one and lost nine of their league games.

Only Hemel Stags and West Wales Raiders have scored fewer points than the Bears, who go up against an Oldham side that boasts the second best defensive record in the division.

Leaders Bradford Bulls have conceded 111 points in 11 games, then come Oldham on 138, York City Knights on 160 and Doncaster on 207.

Said Scott:

“The three-hour coach journey to Coventry is a factor, but from our perspective it’s all about doing a professional job.

“We have to make sure we maintain our standards, give Coventry the respect they deserve and play with the same intensity which served us well against Doncaster.

“I’m sure we’ll turn up on the day (to use modern phraseology) and play well.”

Bears, who have lost their last nine games, haven’t won since they beat Pilkington Recs 31-20 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in March.

James Geurtjens has an opportunity to become the Bears’ leader for most games played for the club. He is currently tied on 71 with Chris Barratt.

Both made their debuts in the club’s first-ever game, which was a 42-6 iPro Sport Cup defeat by Oldham at Whitebank, as it was then called, on March 1, 2015.

One Oldham player who won’t be on new ground at the Butts Park Arena will be centre Matt Reid, who captained Bears last season and in total scored 16 tries in 46 appearances for them between 2015 and 2017.

Stand-off Paul Crook needs eight points to reach his 100 for the season in league competition.

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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