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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.



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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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