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‘Best performance for two months’ — Scott

​SCOTT Naylor was suitably impressed by Oldham’s 20-0 win against Whitehaven, describing the performance as “one of our best in the last two months.”

The Cumbrians, who recently went six wins in a row to climb to fourth place in the table, have failed to score this season in home and away clashes with the Roughyeds.

The win kept Oldham in fourth place, but with Workington, Doncaster and Hunslet also victorious it’s still a five-club scrap for three available play-off spots.

Of the five, Roughyeds have by far the best for-and-against record and their robust performance against Whitehaven suggested they might be returning to their best at the right time.

Said Scott:

“In terms of intensity, energy and defensive work it was spot-on, one of our best for a long time.

“The forwards were very strong defensively and the backs did exceptionally well in yardage.

“We also took our chances a little bit better than we have been doing.

“We knew Whitehaven would come at us with a fiery start. We had spoken about that in preparation.

“We felt we needed to match their physicality for ten minutes and then kick-on from there, and that’s pretty much what happened.

“It’s always nice to produce a good performance and to ‘nil’ your opponents and it was just what we needed as we now head to Newcastle for what will be another tough clash.

“Early indications are that we have come through with no knocks or bumps so I’m expecting to have 23 players to pick from, 22 of our own plus on-loan Lee Kershaw.”

Haven player-coach Carl Forster said:

“When Oldham were 12-0 up in the second half all they had to do was complete their sets, do their tackling and drill the ball into touch and they had the right men to do just that in Paul Crook and Dave Hewitt.

“They controlled the game between them and played it at their own pace.

“Oldham are a good team. They ran harder and tackled harder than we did .

“We’ve a bit of soul-searching to do, but we’re still only two points behind the chasing pack so we’ve not given up yet on getting in the play-offs.

“If we don’t make it we’ll think we’ve under-achieved.”

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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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