Haven wait for key trio

WHITEHAVEN will be making late decisions on the fitness of three key players ahead of today’s crunch Betfred League 1 clash at Oldham.

Hooker Stuart Howarth, Papua New Guinea star Dion Aiye and half-back Dan Abram, described by player-coach Carl Forster as ‘the little magician‘, will all be assessed as late as possible.

Former Workington Town hooker Howarth sustained a hairline fracture of an arm at Bradford last Saturday, but has stressed all week that he wants to play in the ‘must win’ game at the Vestacare Stadium.

Aiye has been out with a bicep injury but is said to be “close to playing again“.

Warrington-based Abram, formerly of St Helens and Barrow, will be having an injection in a problem ankle before kick-off.

Said Forster:

“Lewis Brown is okay again after a shoulder injury and I’m hoping the other three will be in the squad.

“Dion (Aiye) has trained for the last few sessions and Stuart (Howarth) has said all along that he’ll play despite his injury.

“Dan (Abram) will have an injection and we’ll make late decisions on all three.”

He confirmed that amateur signings Jordan Thomson and Jordan Herve, who made debuts at Bradford, will be in his 19-man squad.

Oldham, who won 14-0 at Whitehaven on the opening day of the season, will pick from these:

Bent, Briscoe, Crook, Davies, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Johnson, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Owen, Rasool, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson.

Paul Crook and Ben Davies are former Whitehaven players.

This time last year half-back Crook was playing crucial games for the Cumbrians, whose promotion bid ended with a narrow defeat at Barrow in the Promotion Final.

With ten goals and two tries at Hemel last week (28 points), Crook passed 2,000 career points.

It was a big day too for prop Adam Neal, who returned to rugby after nearly four months out with concussion.

Oldham are asking fans to rally round and turn up in numbers for a match which could turn out to be one of the most important games of the year for both clubs in terms of play-off qualification.

The match kicks off at 3pm and turnstiles open at 2pm.

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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