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‘We tried to be amazing when we needed to keep it simple’ — Scott

‘Close game, disappointing result and performance.’

That was Scott Naylor’s summary of the day Roughyeds ended their eight-match winning run and Hunslet completed a league double with a 16-12 win at the South Leeds Stadium.

Said the Oldham boss:

“Hunslet are in good form and playing well, but there is no way they should have done the double on us.

“We had to be tough, and we were for most of the game, especially considering that we lost Danny Bridge and Phil Joy to injury.

“Despite that, and without doing anything amazing, we led 12-6 at half-time and in the second half we only needed to carry on doing the same thing.

“For some reason, though, we didn’t follow instruction, we didn’t kick well and we didn’t reach the end of our sets.

“For 35 minutes in the second half we were defending in our own half, making mistakes and giving Hunslet enough ball and enough good field position to score points, which they’ve done against every other side.

“To score only 12 points at Hunslet, and to concede 16, was disappointing.

“In a game like that, we needed more intelligence, more direction and a lot more calmness.

“Our middle men were immense against a big, strong unit.

“We are a young team but even so we have to have the knowledge to know when to keep it simple instead of trying to do something amazing every time we have the ball.

“Sometimes, you win games by playing boring rugby, by grinding out a win and doing the basics rather than trying the spectacular.

“We’ve only ourselves to blame for this defeat.”

Hunslet boss Gary Thornton said:

“It was two good teams going hammer and tongues at each other, and it could have gone either way.

We couldn’t have complained with a draw, but thankfully we had enough in the tank to win.

“It was a massive defensive effort to keep Oldham pointless in the second half.”

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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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