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‘We’ve not won a close game all year’ — Naylor

SCOTT Naylor emphasised that Oldham hadn’t won a close game all season when reviewing his side’s 26-22 defeat at Doncaster.

It was the Roughyeds’ third away defeat in a row — 16-12 at Hunslet, 15-8 at Keighley and then this one.

In between there was a 16-14 loss to Workington Town at the Vestacare Stadium.

Of his side’s seven league defeats two were by two points; two by four; one by seven; and one by eight.

Of 12 league wins, the smallest margin of victory was 14 points.

Said Naylor:

“We don’t win close games and that’s something we need to quickly address and change.

“We can’t keep losing games by the odd try or goal.

“The lads gave everything.

IF we’d been a little bit smarter in the first half . . .

IF we’d taken our chances in the first half . . .

IF we’d made a better start to the second half . . .

IF we’d done all those things we might have had a different outcome, but there are a lot of ‘IFS’ there and that just about sums up our season so far.”

The Roughyeds’ boss said he was also disappointed because his squad wasn’t strengthened before last Friday’s signing deadline.

He went on:

“Other clubs got new players in, but our squad is going smaller.

“We’ve lost Danny Bridge (suspended) for the rest of the season and today we’ve lost Luke Hooley for at least a month with a shoulder injury.

“We’ve not kept up (in terms of strengthening) with clubs who have ambition to improve so they can get out of this division.”



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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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