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Scott warns of Doncaster backlash in Sunday’s top-four clash

DANNY Bridge will be aiming to continue his try-scoring run when Oldham entertain Doncaster in Sunday’s Betfred League 1 top-four clash at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The Oldham-born second-rower has scored at least one try in each of the Roughyeds’ last three outings — one against Newcastle Thunder, two against Hemel and one against West Wales Raiders.

With seven in total for the season he is only one behind top try scorer Zack McComb and as Roughyeds’ leading try-scoring forward he is one ahead of his second-row partner Danny Langtree.

The second-row strike force has formed a twin threat in every game this year and will doubtless be expected to do the same against The Dons.

Head coach Scott Naylor, however, has warned that if Roughyeds are to stretch their winning run to six league victories in a row they will need to heed the threat of a Doncaster backlash from their surprise home defeat by Hunslet.

Said Naylor:

“After that, they will have been itching to get out on the field again for the past couple of weeks.

“They were blowing teams away early in the season and Richard Horne (head coach) will be demanding a big reaction after losing at home to Hunslet.

“It makes Sunday’s game even more tasty because we pushed them out of third place. They will be anxious to get that back.

“Richard was a very creative player in Super League. He loves expansive rugby and you can see that in the way his team plays.

“They’re very good with ball in hand and to counteract that we’ll have to be as good defensively as at any previous time this season.

“Defending hasn’t been an issue for us (only Bradford Bulls have conceded fewer points), but we’ll certanly have to be on our mettle in that department on Sunday.

“I expect a close game, a real spectacle, something similar to the one we had with York.

“They’ve got some very good experienced players and Richard will have been at them all week because you can’t afford to lose two games in a row in this division.”

Oldham will pick from strength with dual-reg available as well as Wakefield Trinity’s on-loan teenagers Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw.

Doncaster’s front-row will be strengthened by the loan signing of Hull’s young prop Lewis Bienek, a big lad and highly rated.

Doncaster face a tough June with away games at Oldham, Workington and Bradford and a home clash with Keighley.

Said Horne:

“These are the games you want to play in. I’ll find out a lot about my players in the next few weeks.”

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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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