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Hughes back in 19-man squad

​KENNY Hughes, out for more than two months with an ankle injury, is back in Oldham’s 19-man squad for tomorrow’s visit of Coventry Bears to the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The other two hookers, Gareth Owen and Matty Wilkinson, are also in, but in another major change half-back Dave Hewitt stands down for only the second time this season.

Coach Scott Naylor said there would be changes and there are, in fact, four of them with Hewitt, Dave Eccleston, Matty Reid and the injured Kyran Johnson replaced by Luke Hooley, Ben West, Adam Jones and Hughes, who’s back after missing the last nine games.

Hooley, who hurt a shoulder at Doncaster; Jones, who damaged his back at work; and Hughes, who went over on an ankle in training, are all back after injury.

The omission from the 19 of full-back Johnson, half-back Hewitt, winger Eccleston and centre Reid inevitably means there will be significant changes in the backs.

Squad: Bent, Briscoe, Crook, Davies, Holmes, Hooley, Hughes, Jones, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Owen, Rasool. Spencer, West, Wilkinson.

With four games to go, the four teams currently occupying play-off spots are Brdford Bulls (38 points), Workington Town (32), Doncaster (30) and Oldham (28).

Hunslet and Whitehaven, the next two, are on 28 and 26 respectively.

​Oldham’s closest rivals Hunslet have still to play London Skolars and Newcastle Thunder at home and Whitehaven and Coventry Bears away, while Roughyeds have Coventry and Bradford Bulls at home and York City Knights and London Skolars away.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Bradford Bulls v Keighley Cougars, Doncaster v Newcastle Thunder, Hemel Stags v Whitehaven, Hunslet v London Skolars; North Wales Crusaders v West Wales Raiders, OLDHAM v Coventry Bears, Workington Town v York City Knights.

Scott Naylor and the players, who have had a bonding session this week at a local restaurant, funded by ORSA, are urging fans to turn up on Sunday and get behind them at the start of a four-game September programme that will define their season.

50% off club merchandise

Everyone attending will have the opportunity to purchase club merchandise at 50 per cent off and to buy Craig Halstead’s latest book, ‘Roughyeds – Against All the Odds’ for £10, a saving of nearly £3 and an ideal Christmas present for any Roughyeds fan. (see separate story).


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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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