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“You go to Hemel to get the job done. We did that,” — Scott.

OLDHAM moved up from up fifth to fourth in Betfred League 1 thanks to their 60-28 win at Hemel and Whitehaven’s 46-0 defeat at Bradford.

Roughyeds and Haven clash at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm) in a match of such importance that Oldham could drop to as low as seventh if they slip up and other results go as expected.

“In a game like that we’ll have to improve massively, especially defensively,”

summed up coach Scott Naylor, speaking after the Roughyeds’ win at Hemel.

On a hard, brown pitch and with temperatures soaring into the 30s, Roughyeds sailed in for ten tries, but conceded five — three of them in the second half.

Said Naylor:

“It’s always pleasing to win and it was a win we needed, especially with the competition for play-off spots being so tight.

“It’s important you come to a place like this and get the job done, which we did.

“Am I pleased at the performance ? Not really.

“It wasn’t good to see them score 28 points. That’s not what we are about. We needed to be a lot better defensively and we will have to improve massively on defence against Whitehaven, who are one of our main rivals for a play-off spot.

“It’s always nice to win, but we could have done things a lot better and we could have been more switched-on, especially in defence.

“We’ve plenty to work on this week, but we’ll be ready on Sunday.”

Roughyeds have won seven of their ten league games at the Vestacare Stadium, but have lost narrowly to York City Knights (by 2 points), to Hunslet (8 points) and to Workington (2 points).

Some of their best performances and results have been away — at Workington and Whitehaven in Betfred League 1 and at Championship club Halifax in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Roughyeds expect the Cumbrians to provide stern opposition, but believe the renowned vocal support of red and white fans can help to make home advantage count.

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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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