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FOR the first time in several weeks Danny Langtree is back in Oldham’s 19-man squad, after injury, for the visit of North Wales Crusaders to the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (Sunday, 3.pm).

Also in, for the first time, is Nick Gregson on dual-registration from Leigh Centurions with his Leigh team mate Jonah Cunningham.

Nick Gregson
Gregson (22), a back-row forward, came through the Wigan Warriors’ system from the age of 15 until he made his Super League debut in 2016 before transferring to Leigh.

The squad shows several changes from last week’s 19 with Langtree, Gregson, Matt Reid, David Eccleston and Matty Wilkinson replacing Ben Davies, Adam Jones, who hurt his back at work, Steve Nield, Danny Rasool and Ben West.

Squad: Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Cunningham, Eccleston, Gregson, Hewitt, Holmes, Hooley, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson.

Crusaders, who won at Newcastle last week after being denied a draw against Hunslet by a controversial drop goal in the last few minutes, have named a squad which is thought to be their strongest for several weeks.

Squad: Conroy, Bloomfield, Hurst, A Thompson, Smith, Johnson, Lyons, W Thompson, Ashall, Bate, Houghton, Dandy, Baker, Moore, Brennan, Norman, Hudson, Trumper, Walker.

There are two former Oldham players in the 19 — winger Dale Bloomfield, who scored at Newcastle and was named his side’s top player by League Express, and centre Alex
Thompson, who played in the same Roughyeds reserve side as Langtree, Nield, Phil Joy, Kenny Hughes and Michael Ward, who’s now at Batley Bulldogs.

Hooker Karl Ashall is expected to make his first appearance in a Crusaders jersey since returning to the club from Barrow Raiders on a contract to the end of next season.

Oldham are expecting a tough game and, via captain Gareth ‘Gaz’ Owen, have asked fans to turn up in numbers and provide them with their customary vocal support as they strive to return to winning ways in the quest for a top-five finish and a place in the play-offs.

“It will give us a massive boost if we get a big welcome when we leave the tunnel,” said Owen.

Roughyeds are currently third but six clubs are separated by only two points so it’s going to be a massive and an exciting scramble in the next few weeks to get over the the line and into the play-offs.

Before kick-off there will be a minute’s applause in respect of Clinton Maxwell Blakeley, the 33-year-old Birkenshaw player, who was taken ill during a Yorkshire Men’s League fixture against Heworth last weekend and tragically passed away.

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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