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‘Huge challenge’ ahead — Scott

​OLDHAM go into their massive game at York on Sunday bidding to become only the third Betfred League 1 side to beat the City Knights this season and only the second to turn them over at Bootham Crescent.

The table-toppers have won 21 of their 23 league games, losing only to title rivals Bradford Bulls 20-22 at home on the season’s opening day in February and to Whitehaven in Cumbria 26-18 at the end of May.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge, but we’ll give it a go and see what happens,” said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor.

He added: “York are top of the league for a reason.

“They’re structured, patient, well coached, good at set completion, able to wear down opponents and they know how to win a close game. They never panic.”

Their 24-22 win at the Vestacare Stadium in March was a real humdinger and one of only six games this year that they’ve won by four points or fewer.

The other five were Doncaster away (16-14), Hunslet away (26-24), London Skolars away (22-20), Workington away (18-14) and Bradford away (30-28).

On a similar theme, seven of Oldham’s eight losses were by eight points or fewer: York home (22-24), Hunslet home (16-24), Hunslet away (12-16), Workington home (14-16), Keighley away (8-15), Doncaster away (22-26) and Newcastle away (18-24).

Fine margins indeed !

It might be clutching at straws but it’s an intriguing fact that, outside the top two, Roughyeds have scored more points and conceded fewer than each of the other 11 sides in the division.

“That’s why it’s been such a frustrating season,” said Naylor. “You’ve still lost, whether it’s by two points or 200.

“We’ve been a little bit short in finishing teams off, but it’s not over yet by a long chalk.

“When we played York here both teams were good and it was one of the best games of the season.”

They scored four tries apiece, York edging it because Connor Robinson landed four conversions to Paul Crook’s three . . . and the one he missed smacked an upright and bounced out.

Then, in the dying minutes, Kenny Hughes and David Hewitt were both stopped inches short as Roughyeds went all out for the winning try.

Fine margins indeed !

Naylor reported that everyone was fit to train on Tuesday night apart from centre Danny Rasool, who hurt a knee in the 58-6 home win against Coventry Bears.

Full-back Kyran Johnson was expected to have treatment for shoulder trouble, but he trained normally and might be available for selection by weekend.

Naylor will pick from the 17 who were on duty against Coventry plus Dave Eccleston, Matt Reid, Steven Nield, Dave Hewitt, Liam Bent, Zack McComb and Johnson if he is declared fit.

Other games this weekend that will affect the jostle for play-off spots are Newcastle Thunder v Workington Town (Saturday) and Keighley Cougars v Doncaster and Whitehaven v Hunslet (Sunday).



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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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