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Crook verdict in the balance

​A FINAL decision on Paul Crook’s fitness for Oldham’s big game against Bradford Bulls at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm) on Sunday will be made later.

The goalkicking half-back is battling against a foot injury, which prevented him for training on Thursday night.

“A decision will be left until Saturday,”

said coach Scott Naylor, who confirmed that Crook was the only doubt and that everyone else was fit, ready, and raring to go.

When Crook’s injury forced him out of last week’s York game at half-time, Gareth Owen switched to half-back and Luke Hooley took over as goalkicker.

Naylor has urged Roughyeds fans to turn up in force so that the Vestacare Stadium won’t be entirely taken over by Bradford’s travelling army.

Looking ahead to a crucial game for both teams, he said:

“If we play like we did last week at York, but not as loose with the ball in attacking positions, it should be another close game.

“You don’t win close games in the first ten minutes; you win them in the last ten minutes.

“The team that completes most sets and concedes the fewer penalties will win; it’s going to be that sort of a game.

“We had loads of self-belief at York and with a bit more luck and a bit longer to play we could have pulled it off.

“I expect a similar type of game and we have to remember that the only difference between York being top of the league and us being down in fifth place was the number of close games they’ve just edged and the number we just lost.

“It’s been a season of fine margins and if we both play well on Sunday it should be another close one which will perhaps be decided on the last ten minutes.”

Turnstiles open at 1pm and fans are urged to get to the ground early to avoid late congestion at the turnstiles.

The match is NOT all-ticket, but tickets can be bought in advance up until 3pm today (Friday) from the Roughyeds office inside the ground, cash or cheque only.



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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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