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Scott praises Cougars’ win-at-all-costs mentality

HEAD coach Scott Naylor talked of Oldham’s “massive loss of form” after the 15-8 defeat at Keighley, the Roughyeds’ third defeat in the last four games.

Before that, they had won eight games in a row, but they then ran into an injury pile-up about the same time as a dual-reg link with Salford Red Devils started to prove fruitless.

A 16-12 defeat at Hunslet was followed by a 16-14 loss to Workington Town at The Vestacare Stadium.

Said Scott:

“We played dumb rugby in those two games and we’ve now lost our third game in four because we also played dumb.

“The Keighley game should have been all about getting our season back on track, but the Cougars had a win-at-all-costs mentality and all credit to them for that.

“I must congratulate them for playing with all that spirit and determination after all they’ve been through in the last few weeks.”

A financial crisis threatened the club’s existence, but before kick-off Cougars announced the club was in new ownership and now had a three-year plan to get into the Championship and become an established Championship club.

Added Scott:

“They’ve lost quality players, accepted pay cuts and the club’s been in turmoil, but they went to Hemel last week and produced a decent performance.

“Then they came out tonight and showed us what it means to put in a big performance for themselves, their club and their coach.

“They worked hard, completed sets, put their bodies on the line, grafted for each other and had a collective win-at-all-costs mentality.

“I’m still struggling with the result though because I thought we were the better side in the first half without doing anything special.

“It was a different story after the break when it took us 20 minutes to complete a set and we gave away a few penalties under our own posts.

“Keighley worked hard to beat us, but all I’m hearing is how well we did to score more than 100 points against West Wales Raiders. That can’t be right.”

Said Keighley boss Craig Lingard:

“I’m immensely proud of the boys, eight of whom probably wouldn’t have been in the 17 a few weeks ago.

“Five players have moved on; we’ve two under suspension; and another injured.

“The win keeps us in touch with the top five so that’s got to be good.”



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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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