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Lethal ‘Langers’ has a blinder in 50-6 triumph

DANNY Langtree was back to show Roughyeds fans what they had been missing in recent narrow defeats by Hunslet, Workington and Keighley Cougars.

The strong-running second-row forward marked his sensational return after injury with a hat-trick in the first 14 minutes of Sunday’s home game against North Wales Crusaders, followed by his fourth try early in the second half.

And that wasn’t all. He tormented Crusaders all afternoon with his tackle-busting running and his fearless tackling before, worryingly for everyone of a Roughyeds’ persuasion, he seemed to pick up a rib injury just before the end.

Nevertheless, nothing could dampen the upbeat mood of players, coaching staff and fans alike after this 50-6 victory which cemented the Roughyeds in third place in Betfred League 1 and earned them the best defensive record in the entire division.

There was no shortage of talking points . . . like the brilliance of Langtree; the reputation Roughyeds are building as defenders of the faith; and the red card for coach Scott Naylor, who was banished from the touchline for questioning referee Michael Mannifield’s decision to award Crusaders a penalty in the 27th minute.

He watched the rest of the match from up in the stand and while it wasn’t a perfect performance it was good enough to send nearly 500 fans home happy in the belief that Roughyeds have turned the corner and are back on the track signposted ‘Play offs this way’.

Even the crowd was significantly better than the last one, 466 compared with 274, so there were plenty of reasons for Naylor to describe it as “a good day at the office.”

The forwards, as a unit, were in sizzling form with big performances from Jack Spencer, Langtree, Luke Nelmes and Jonah Cunningham especially.

Hooker Cunningham scored two tries from dummy-half and was like lightning in jumping out from behind the play-the-ball.

Nelmes made numerous carries through the heart of the Crusaders ‘middles’ to put the home side on the front foot. He did it again . . . and again . . . and again.

Half-backs Paul Crook and Dave Hewitt set up Langtree’s first two tries and then he went in for his third on 14 minutes when he intercepted at half-way and had the legs to go the distance.

Briefly, Crusaders got back into the game with a converted try by Jack Houghton, but normal business was quickly back in harness when Nelmes crashed over and Crook landed the goal for a 24-6 half-time lead.

Oldham’s domination of proceedings continued in the second half.

Having scored four tries first-half, Scott’s men added five more by Cunningham (2), Langtree, Matt Reid and Phil Joy with Paul Crook finishing with seven conversions overall from nine shots.

It was, indeed, a good day at the office.

Oldham scorers: goals, Crook 7/9; tries, Langtree (4), Nelmes, Cunningham (2), Reid and Joy.

Team: Hooley; Eccleston, McComb, Reid, Kershaw; Crook, Hewitt; Joy, Owen, Spencer, Langtree, Bridge, Bent. Subs: Cunningham, Gregson, Nelmes, Briscoe.

Ref: Mr Michael Minnifield; Att: 466.


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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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