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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.

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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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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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