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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.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

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