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Roughyeds close to full strength for the final push

APART from Adam Neal and maybe Adam Jones, who has hurt his back at work, Oldham expect to be at full strength against North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Of Scott Naylor’s 23 contracted players 21 will definitely be ready to go plus on-loan Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw from Wakefield Trinity as well as dual-reg players from Leigh Centurions.

Jones didn’t train last night (Thursday) because he was seeing a doctor about his damaged back.

Said head coach Naylor:

“We are waiting for Adam Jones, but I don’t think he will be available.

“I’ll have a lot of players to choose from, which is nice. Obviously, I’ll be going with the side which I think has the best chance to win the game.

“We have been making changes because some players have not been up to scratch on a regular basis.

“We’ve also been rotating players to give them game time, experience and match fitness, but now that we’re rapidly approaching the business end of the season that no longer matters.

“Now, it’s all about winning games more consistently and treating each one like a cup final.

“Hopefully, I’ll pick the right team and that team will be able to stick together and play again next week too.”

Said Crusaders boss Anthony Murray:

“We’ve been more than a match for teams above us so far this season. Going to Oldham we’ll have to match the physicality of Scott Naylor’s men and take it from there.

“I don’t want to make silly promises about what we’ll be doing, but we’ll certainly be striving to climb the table a little bit and do a lot better than the last time we played Oldham in early season.”

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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.

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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

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