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‘Langers’ in try-scoring mood

​WITH seven tries in the three games since he returned from injury, Danny Langtree has opened up a clear-cut lead at the top of Oldham’s try-scoring list this season.

He now totals 17 — six more than his nearest challengers Dave Hewitt and Zack McComb, who are joint second on 11.

Both ‘Langers’ and centre Matt Reid have scored in each of the Roughyeds’ last three games against North Wales Crusaders, Doncaster and Hemel Stags.

Reid scored one try in each, while Langtree ran in four against North Wales, one at Doncaster and two at Hemel.

He has now scored more tries in a season than any other Oldham second-row forward since the new club was launched for the start of the 1998 season.

“He’s enjoying his best-ever season,”

said coach Scott Naylor, of the former St Helens junior, who is in his eighth season at the club, having spent 2011 and 2012 in the Roughyeds’ reserve side.

He was withdrawn at half-time at Hemel because of a rib complaint, but both the player and Naylor confirmed afterwards that it was merely a precautionary move with this Sunday’s big game against Whitehaven in mind.

Club captain Gareth Owen, meanwhile, is only one appearance short of reaching 100 games for Roughyeds, having made his debut in a 24-23 Championship One win against Hunslet in July, 2014.

Oldham’s leading try scorers: Langtree 17, Hewitt 11, McComb 11, Bridge 10, Reid 9, Hooley 8, West 8, Joy 7, Kershaw 7, Wilkinson 7.

Sunday’s opponents Whitehaven are assessing the fitness of hooker Stuart Howarth, who suffered a hairline fracture and chipped a bone in his right arm at Bradford last weekend.

Said coach Carl Forster:

“He is determined to play at Oldham. It shows the spirit we have in this group, but we have to go with medical advice.”

Dion Aiye, Dan Abram and Lewis Brown were out injured last week, but they will also be assessed before Forster names his 19 for a match which both clubs have described as ‘must win’.

Hensingham forward Jordan Thompson, an amateur, impressed Forster at Bradford and he may have done enough to retain his place in the squad.

Roughyeds are urging fans to turn up in numbers and become the Roughyeds’ 18th man.

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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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