Neal ready to boost Roughyeds pack

PROP Adam Neal, out for nearly four months with a head injury, will be back in the reckoning when Oldham boss Scott Naylor names his provisional 19 for Sunday’s Betfred League 1 game at Hemel Stags (2pm kick-off).

Naylor confirmed after training last night that the former Salford front-rower will be available for his long-awaited comeback after being out of action since April 15.

He was concussed when taking a heavy tackle in the second half of Oldham’s 32-18 win against Keighley Cougars at the Vestacare Stadium.

He’s missed 14 matches — half the season — and its fair to say he’s been badly missed, especially in tight games when the pack needed a cool head and a calming influence.

Kenny Hughes might also be back after several weeks out, given that the only players still on the casualty list are on-loan full-back Luke Hooley (shoulder) and back-row forward Adam Jones, still recovering from a back injury received at work.

Roughyeds will be expected to return to winning ways at Hemel after demolishing the Stags 74-6 at home in mid-May.

Naylor has warned, however, that there will be no room for complacency.

Oldham have lost their last three away games and for this next one they will have to cope with an early start and a long drive to Hertfordshire.

Said Naylor:

“When we’ve gone down there in the past it’s usually taken us 20 or 30 minutes to get going, so we’ll be talking about the importance of getting a good start.

“We need to get back to something like our form earlier in the season and in terms of the ‘away’ thing it will be a big challenge for us.”

Oldham need to perform well not only to hold on to their play-off spot, but to go into next week’s home game against Whitehaven full of confidence and in buoyant mood.

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.

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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.

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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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

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