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Crook back in Oldham’s 19

​PAUL Crook, who missed the second half of the York game and the whole of the Bradford game because of a foot injury, is back in Oldham’s 19-man squad for tomorrow’s (Saturday) massive game against London Skolars.

The goalkicking half-back was cleared to play at training last night and he replaces Zack McComb in the 19 who have been named provisionally and submitted to the RFL in accordance with the established protocol.

“Everybody was available” said Naylor, who will pick from these:

Bent, Briscoe, Crook, Davies, Hewitt, Holmes, Hooley, Hughes, Johnson, Jones, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, Neal, Nelmes, Owen, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson.

The actual line-up, which won’t be revealed until an hour before kick-off, will clearly be very similar to those in the 10-6 defeat at York and the 24-16 loss against Bradford.

In both those challenging contests against the division’s top two, Roughyeds achieved the remarkable feat of being the only side to score in the second half.

York were ‘nilled’ while Jack Holmes (try) and Luke Hooley (goal) scored for Scott Naylor’s men, who also prevented the Bulls scoring after half-time when Craig Briscoe (try) and Hooley (goal) put points on the board for the home side.

This despite the dismissal of Ben Davies in the 48th minute for dissent; the red card given to Luke Nelmes in the 75th minute for punching Ross Peltier; and the sin-binning of Luke Hooley at the same time for tripping George Flanagan.

All three players were given a one-match penalty notice last night (Thursday) by the RFL’s Match Review Panel and they could miss a play-off shoot-out at Bradford if, indeed, the Roughyeds qualify.

To do so they must beat the Skolars in the last game of the regular season and then rely on York seeing off Whitehaven on Sunday at Bootham Crescent.

York have won their last 14 games and were last beaten at the end of May . . . at Whitehaven.

As far as Oldham are concerned, though, that game will count for nothing unless Naylor’s boys do the business tomorrow in a game that will be played at the Trailfinders Sports Club in West Ealing, London W13 ODD, kicking off at 5.30pm and immediately following the London Broncos v Salford Red Devils game (3pm) in a double header.

Said Naylor:

“No second chances in this one. If we don’t win our season is over.”

Oldham had a fourth case looked at by the Match Review Panel but in the case of Craig Briscoe his try-saving tackle on Bulls prop Liam Kirk in the 18th minute was considered to involve accidental contact with Kirk’s head so Briscoe wasn’t charged.

His three colleagues were — Davies “for questioning the integrity of a match official”; Nelmes for punching; Hooley for what was described as an “intentional” trip on the Bulls player.

Skolars had four cases under review, arising from their game at Workington, but the verdicts were “sin-bin sufficient” in the cases of Matt Fleming, Mike Greenhalgh and Billy Driver and “no charge” in the case of Vinny Finnigan.

Coach Jermaine Coleman has named his 19-man squad: Bishay, Brown, Bryan, Caro, Chester, Driver, Fleming, Greenhalgh, Juma, Lawrence, Lyon, Mbaraga, Pelo, Ross, Sykes, Thorman, Williams, Yates.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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