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Another battling performance ends in eight-point defeat

​DESPITE the 24-16 home defeat by Bradford Bulls, we live to fight again in the battle to land a Betfred League 1 play-off spot.

We’ve lost our place in the top five for the first time this season, but we’ll regain it if we win at London Skolars next Saturday and Whitehaven go down at leaders York City Knights 24 hours later.

York must win to clinch the title and thus gain automatic promotion into the Championship.

In a strange game that attracted 1,038 fans to the Vestacare Stadium, Oldham stormed into an early 10-0 lead with tries by David Hewitt and Matt Reid and one Luke Hooley conversion.

Bulls replied with four converted tries to lead 24-10 at half-time but such was the Roughyeds’ total commitment to the cause that the visitors didn’t score again although they played against 12 men for more than half an hour and against only ten for a short time near the end.

Ben Davies was sent off for dissent in the 50th minute.

Despite that numerical disadvantage, battling Oldham were the only side to score in the second half.

Craig Briscoe crossed and Hooley goaled to cut the deficit to 24-16, after which there was a flashpoint in which Luke Nelmes was sent off for punching and Hooley sin-binned for tripping.

Ten-men Oldham played out the final few minutes to leave the field to appreciative applause from their fans after a second-half ‘nilling’ of a top-two side for the second time in eight days.

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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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