Pressure on Roughyeds in top-five push

​THE defeat at Newcastle means Oldham will probably have to get something from their games against the top two, York and Bradford, in order to qualify for the Betfred League 1 play-offs.

“We’ve put ourselves under a lot of pressure, but we’re still up for it. We can still do it,”

said assistant boss Pete Carey.

With four games left, Roughyeds are currently in fifth place — the last of the play-off spots — with the same number of points as sixth-placed Hunslet.

York or Bradford will finish top and go up automatically.

Teams 2 to 5 inclusive play off for the right to join them in the Championship.

Oldham expected to be in third place now, but their fade-out in the last quarter of an hour at Newcastle, where they let an 18-6 lead slip and lost 24-18, plus Workington’s surprise win at Bradford saw them fall to fifth.

Hunslet now appear to be the biggest threat to Oldham, who will have to beat Coventry Bears at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week, September 2, and London Skolars away in their last game of the season on Saturday, September 22.

Between the two, Scott Naylor’s men go to York on September 9 and entertain Bradford on September 16 in a game that will attract the biggest crowd of the year and might well determine the Roughyeds’ fate.

Surprise results are always likely at this time of the season — ask Bradford about that — but with games against the runaway top two still to come Roughyeds clearly have the toughest run-in of all the hopefuls.

The flip side to that is their superior for-and-against record which will be worth another point if Roughyeds and Hunslet end up on level pegging.

Said club skipper Gareth Owen:

“We’re probably dependent on other results going our way now, but if we can make the play-offs we wouldn’t be fazed by anybody in a one-off, sudden-death game.”

Promotion aside, a play-off game at Bradford or York, for instance, would prove hugely beneficial financially to Roughyeds whatever the outcome.

With places 3 to 5 inclusive up for grabs, the contenders go into battle like this:

  • WORKINGTON TOWN (3rd, 32 points): Home, York, London Skolars; away, Newcastle Thunder, Doncaster.
  • DONCASTER (4th, 30 points): Home, Newcastle Thunder, Workington Town; away, Keighley Cougars, North Wales Crusaders.
  • OLDHAM (5th, 28 points): Home, Coventry Bears, Bradford Bulls; away, York, London Skolars.
  • HUNSLET (6th, 28 points): Home, London Skolars, Newcastle Thunder; away, Whitehaven, Coventry Bears.
  • WHITEHAVEN (7th, 26 points): Home, Hunslet, Coventry Bears; away, Hemel Stags, York.

In the reverse fixtures of the four games Oldham have still to play, Naylor’s men took four points out of eight, winning comfortably at Coventry and against London at home, but going down 30-12 at Bradford and 24-22 at home to York in an early-season classic.

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.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

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.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

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:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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