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‘Good to see Ben Davies back’ — Carey

ASSISTANT boss Peter Carey lauded forwards Ben Davies and Craig Briscoe after Oldham’s 60-0, 11-try win at Coventry.

In the Roughyeds’ first visit to the Butts Park Arena, prop Davies played his first game of the season after a long-standing back complaint and second-row man Briscoe, who has been battling to overcome knee trouble for most of his time at the club, put in his first 80-minute stint of the season, scored two tries and looked in fine fettle.

Said Carey:

“It was good to rotate and give lads some much-needed game time.

“Craig (Briscoe) did the full 80, took his tries well and will benefit from that.

“As for Ben (Davies) it was nice to see him back on the field.

“He had three good spells, scored our first try and it was good to see him getting back to full match fitness and coming through okay in his first game of the season.”

Carey said the score reflected the team’s hard work in defence and its professionalism in achieving a seventh league win in a row.

He added:

“We talked when we got here about giving the opposition total respect in our attitude to the game and in the way we played.

“It was always our intention to put in the sort of performance we put in against Doncaster and for most of the game I thought we did that.

“Defensively we were sound right across the park. Aggressive defence and good line speed worked for us and the only time we surrendered field position was on the occasions we gave away some silly penalties.”

Overall penalty count was 5-4 to the Bears, but in the second half it was 4-1.

“We dominated the game. The middle unit got on a roll in yardage sets and on the back of that the backs came in and did their job too.

“There was another big game from ‘Langers’ (Danny Langtree), who gave one of his trademark performances both at second-row and also at loose-forward when we moved him there.

“He always plays well in the second-row, but he looked good at loose as well, putting pressure on their defence all the time and taking a lot of stopping.

“We moved a few people around to give them and others game time and all that seemed to work well too.”

The big four sitting out the latter part of the game were Luke Nelmes, Matty Wilkinson, Paul Crook and Langtree with Jack Holmes in at half-back for Crook, after playing most of the game at centre, and Zack McComb in at centre.

Final few words from the assistant boss:

“We’ve now got to take this form into next Sunday’s home game against London Skolars.

“We’ll be looking for a similar type of performance with which to take into the very important game at Hunslet the following week.”

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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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