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Hughes, Neal still on injured list

PROP Adam Neal and hooker Kenny Hughes are still on Oldham RL Club’s injury list and unavailable for selection.

Hughes has ankle ligament damage, sustained while training, and is likely to be out for another two or three weeks.

Neal hasn’t played since he was concussed against Keighley Cougars two months ago and Roughyeds have confirmed there is no sign yet of his return to action.

Said coach Scott Naylor:

“We are in a bit of limbo with Adam.

“We are not seeing any change in him (for the better) so we need to investigate further.

“That will mean another scan or a visit to a different specialist.

“As for Kenny (Hughes) he’s had problems with the same ankle previously and initially we thought it was worse than it was.

“He’s got some ligament damage but he should be back in two or three weeks.”

He said everyone else was fine and apart from Neal and Hughes he would be picking from a full-strength squad for Sunday’s fourth v third clash at Hunslet on Sunday (3.30pm kick-off).

Gary Thornton’s men from the South Leeds Stadium were the last team to beat Oldham when they won 24-16 at the Vestacare Stadium on April 8.

Roughyeds, leading 16-6 midway through the second half, went close to stretching their lead when Craig Briscoe crossed the line under the posts but couldn’t ground the ball properly.

Thus reprieved, Hunslet then scored 18 unanswered points to stun the Roughyeds and inflict their second home defeat of the season.

Their response was to win eight league games in a row and climb to third place in the table.

Hunslet, also a form team, are one place behind them in fourth after winning their last five.

Note the kick-off time — half an hour later than usual at 3.30pm.

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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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