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‘Time to put our season back on track’ – Naylor

SCOTT Naylor sees Friday night’s game at Keighley Cougars (8pm) as a chance for Oldham to prove their season is back on track after narrow defeats by Hunslet and Workington Town.

Clearly disregarding last week’s stroll-in-the-park 18-try win against bottom-club West Wales Raiders as a barometer of current form, the Roughyeds boss said the result at Keighley would tell him a lot more.

“It’s always tough going there,” he added, “but we’ve got to win games like this to show people we are serious about our intentions and about our play-off ambitions.

“It’s no good winning at home (by a club record 102-6) and then going to Keighley and losing.

“I know they’ve had financial problems in the last two or three weeks and have lost some players as a result, but that sort of thing can often galvanise the rest and make them stronger as a group.

“We expect nothing less than a very tough test.”

Still injured and definitely out are Danny Langtree, Matty Wilkinson, Adam Neal, Kyran Johnson, Kenny Hughes and the latest victim, Matt Reid, who has a groin problem. He didn’t play against the Welsh side and he is still sidelined.

Phil Joy, who’s had a rib injury, trained as usual on Tuesday night, but Naylor and his medical team are now waiting to see whether he suffers an adverse reaction.

On a brighter note, Naylor has confirmed that he will again have dual-reg personnel available from Leigh Centurions, but he won’t have Jordan Dezaria, who hurt a shoulder in his Oldham debut against West Wales.

Victory would give Oldham their second double of the season, following their 32-18 win at the Vestacare Stadium in April.

Moimoi banned

Workington forward Fuifui Moimoi, sin-binned for a high tackle on Ben West in the 64th minute of the recent game at the Vestacare Stadium, has been banned for two matches for a grade B offence.



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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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