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‘Langers’ on verge of Roughyeds’ record

DANNY Langtree needs one more try to become the Roughyeds’ highest-scoring forward in any one season since the launch of the ‘new’ Oldham club in 1997.

He became the top-scoring second-row man when he recently went past Tommy Goulden’s 2008 total of 15 and he is now on level terms with hooker John

Hough’s 17, established way back in the year 2000.

Hough, now living in Australia, has held the record for 18 years, but Langtree needs only one try against Whitehaven in tomorrow’s big game at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm) to remove his crown.

Winger Nick Johnson’s 25 in 2004 remains the overall record and several more backs have surpassed the 17 scored by Hough and Langtree.

It doesn’t alter the fact that, with at least six more games to play, ‘Langers’ is poised to become a record-holder among his fellow forwards.

A try tomorrow will give him that record and earn him the biggest cheer we’ve heard at the Vestacare Stadium for a long time.

Indications from the 19-man squad suggest it will be a very similar side to last week’s. There’s only one change in the 19, Jack Holmes coming in for Kenny Hughes.

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

Club captain Gareth Owen will be looking for his 100th appearance in the Roughyeds’ jersey.

The last eight clashes have produced four wins each, but Oldham have won the last three — by 20-18 and 26-18 at Bower Fold in 2016 and by 14-0 at Whitehaven on the opening day of this season.

Haven were beaten 46-0 at Bradford last week, but before that they enjoyed a run of six wins on the bounce to go fourth in Betfred League 1.

Their previous defeat was 27-20 at home to Bradford when they challenged the league leaders all the way after going 8-0 up.

Defeat at Odsal with an injury-hit squad that included two amateurs saw them plunge to seventh and pick up an injury to hard-working hooker Stuart Howarth, who was forced off with a hairline fracture of an arm.

Tomorrow’s clash is a vital one for both clubs in terms of finishing in the play-offs.

Roughyeds are urging as many fans as possible to get behind Scott’s boys and effectively become Oldham’s 18th man in what can be an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams at the Vestacare Stadium.

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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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