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Johnson, Eccleston back in squad

FULL-BACK Kyran Johnson and winger Dave Eccleston are back in Oldham’s 19-man squad for the tough third v fifth clash with Workington Town at the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (3pm kick-off)

Prop Ben Davies, who has been troubled by a perforated ear drum, is also included to the exclusion of Danny Langtree and the two 19-year-old loanees from Wakefield Trinity, Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw.

Langtree, who has a hamstring problem, didn’t play at Hunslet last week but he was named in the original 19.

As a massively positive bonus two of the players who came off injured at the South Leeds Stadium, forwards Phil Joy and Danny Bridge, have recovered and are included in the 19.

The 19 are as follows:

Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Davies, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Johnson, Jones, Joy, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Rasool, Reid, Spencer, West, Wilkinson.

Workington’s 19 includes several players who didn’t play when Roughyeds won 32-10 at Derwent Park in April, including the renowned Fuifui Moimoi, dual-reg centre Sam Wood from Huddersfield Giants and on-loan Ben Morris from St Helens.

Town (from): Wilkes, Doran, Forrester, K Maudling, Miller, Curwen, Scholey, Olstrom, Patrick, Dawson, Moimoi, Hambley, Wood, Forber, Penkywicz, Moore, Newton, Rooke, Morris.

The visitors are coached by Leon Pryce, a good friend of Scott Naylor’s and a former team mate at Bradford Bulls.

Scott has plenty of nice things to say about Pryce in his match-day programme notes but you can guarantee that for 80 minutes at the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow, friendships will be put on hold !

In the full-colour, 24-page match programme (priced at £3) there’s all the usual club information and player pictures plus Scott’s piece; an interesting challenge from Anne Kearns to all the other women who support Roughyeds; Dave Naylor’s stats page, ever-popular Fan Focus and a look at our visitors; a feature, with pic, of the legendary Ike Southward, who played for Town and Oldham; a continuation of George Cowburn’s fascinating series of Oldham in years gone by; a pictorial look at Oldham v Town games down the years by the Oldham RL Heritage Trust; and much more.

Also, look out for ORSA who are selling raffle tickets for a draw with very unusual prizes, all with a Roughyeds theme and designed for the real Oldham RLFC fanatic.

Get your tickets before the game. Winners will be announced at half-time and invited into the hospitality suite after the game to sort out their prizes and make the necessary arrangements.

Oh, and there’s a rugby match on too which promises to be close, hard-fought and full of passion and energy on both sides.

Should be a good day all round !



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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.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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