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Johnson out, Hooley back in the mix

​KYRAN Johnson is out of Oldham’s clash with Coventry Bears at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, but Luke Hooley is back in contention after training with Roughyeds for the first time since he damaged a shoulder at Doncaster five weeks ago.

Full-back Johnson picked up a similar injury at Newcastle and he is still struggling with it.

He hasn’t trained since so he won’t play on Sunday, but on-loan Hooley’s timely return to combat puts him in the mix as an obvious replacement.

Coach Scott Naylor will name his 19-man squad later, but he has promised changes and he will be looking for a positive response after the defeat at Newcastle.

Said the Oldham boss:

“Kyran and Danny Bridge (suspended) are the only players who won’t be available, but I’ll be making changes and hopefully the lads who come in will take their chances.

“We need to produce a good performance to build confidence for the York game.

“If we turn up with the right attitude and put together a polished and professional performance it will be just what we need ahead of the York and Bradford games.
“The challenge then will to repeat it against the top two.

“Since our eight wins in a row ended, we have shown no consistency whatsoever. We have been very inconsistent, in fact, and it has badly affected our position in the table.

“I’ll be looking for a good performance on Sunday and then maintaining that standard on the run-in.”

Danny Langtree, who has scored more tries this season than any Oldham forward in any season since the new club was formed in 1997, has climbed to joint fifth in League 1’s list of leading try scorers.

‘Langers’ has scored 18 tries in all competitions — 15 of them in League 1.

The only players with more League 1 tries are Ethan Ryan and Elliot Minchella of Bradford Bulls, Joe Batchelor of York City Knights and Lewis Young of Newcastle Thunder.
Paul Crook, fifth in the list of League 1 goalkickers and points scorers, needs three more goals to reach 100 for the season.

One of several clubs finding it hard to make ends meet in the current financial climate, Roughyeds hope fans will rally round to support the club on Sunday.

There are only two home games left, Coventry on Sunday and Bradford Bulls on September 16, and the close season will soon be here with few opportunities for cash flow.
Of the 11 home league games played so far only the first three pulled in attendances of more than 500.

Average for the other eight was 422 — a worrying shortfall.

From 2pm on Sunday the club shop will be open and Craig Halstead is driving from his home in Bangor, North Wales to sell signed copies of his latest book, ‘Roughyeds – Against all the Odds’, which sells at £12.95 with all profits going to the club.

Replica jerseys and club memorabilia will also be available.

Sunday’s Roughyed Review, 24 pages of club news and views, includes a two-page picture special of our Roughyeds trip to Wembley last Saturday.

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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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