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DR duo from Leigh in Oldham’s 19

OUR new dual-reg agreement with Leigh Centurions has produced immediate results with the inclusion of two young forwards from LSV, Jonah Cunningham and Jordan Dezaria, in Scott Naylor’s 19 for the visit of West Wales Raiders to the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (Sun, kick-off 3pm).

Cunningham (20), who plays hooker or loose-forward, is the son of Keiron Cunningham, Leigh’s Head of Rugby and former St Helens star and coach.

Prop-forward Dezaria (21) was previously with French clubs Avignon and Catalans Dragons.

There are four changes from last week’s 19, with the two Leigh boys and the two on-loan 19-year-olds from Wakefield Trinity, Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw, replacing Dave Eccleston, Kyran Johnson, Phil Joy and Matty Wilkinson.

Squad: Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Cunningham, Davies, Dezaria, Hewitt, Holmes, Hooley, Jones, Kershaw, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Rasool, Reid, Spencer, West.

After two narrow defeats, Roughyeds will be looking for a positive response
and a return to winning ways against a West Wales outfit that is still seeking its first win of the season.

With the second best defensive record in the division and the third best ‘points difference’ a win would lift Scott Naylor’s men back to third place so long as fifth-placed Workington Town can account for third-placed Hunslet at Derwent Park.

In his column in Roughyeds Review (our 24-page, full-colour match-day magazine which sells at £3) Scott says he is happy with our defence, but we need to be scoring more points.

You can also read the Anne Kearns column; Dave Naylor’s fan focus; George Cowburn’s look back at events in history; a two-page update on how Championship and League 1 clubs view Super League plans to revamp the sport; a pictorial history of Oldham v Welsh clubs as provided by the Oldham RL Heritage Trust; and much more.

Don’t forget Anne’s Female Fan Challenge, in which she is urging womenfolk among our fan base to bring another woman to a game.

And as a one-off at tomorrow’s game you can take match action shots on your mobile phone and submit them to the club’s media team with a prize on offer for what they believe to be the best one.

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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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