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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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Club Cash

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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