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Four changes in 19 for York game

​SCOTT Naylor has made four changes in his 19 for what is potentially a season-defining game at York tomorrow.

As well as the injured Danny Rasool, three others also miss out from the 19 named for last week’s 58-6 win against Coventry Bears, namely Luke Nelmes from the forwards and both Zack McComb and Ben West from the backs.

Rasool, Nelmes and West played against Coventry, but McComb didn’t.

Into the provisional squad come Dave Eccleston, Matt Reid, Dave Hewitt and Kyran Johnson, who has recovered from shoulder trouble.

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

York have named the same 19, following their win at Workington, and include two dual-reg men in Matty Marsh and Will Oakes.

The big decisions for coach James Ford are whether to stick with the same 17 or to tamper and include hooker Will Jubb and/or centre Perry Whiteley.

If he opts for Whitely in the centre, the hugely-talented Joe Batchelor could be switched to second-row.

York will choose from these 19, probably in this order:

Marsh, Oakes, Hey, Batchelor, Robson, Cockayne, C Robinson, Dixon, Ellis, Horne, Jordan-Roberts, Scott, Spears, Carter, Edwards, Porter, A Robinson, Jubb, Whiteley.

Ford told the York Press:

“Oldham go really hard down the middle. They’ve got some big, strong blokes and they’re relentless with their approach.

“You have to make sure your contact and line speed is good and you have to be good at defending the occasional loss in the ruck.

“They’re a really top side in this division and we’ll have to be at our best.”

Bradford game

Although the game is NOT all-ticket you can get tickets in advance of the Oldham-Bradford Bulls game at the Vestacare Stadium next Sunday (Sep 16) from the Roughyeds office inside the ground between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday next week (cash or cheque only).

A big crowd is anticipated and advance ticket sales will ease congestion at the turnstiles.

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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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