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Red-carded prop pair free to face Skolars

​FRONT-ROW forwards Ben Davies and Luke Nelmes, both sent off against Bradford Bulls, will be free to prop-up Oldham’s pack in Saturday’s must-win Betfred League 1 clash against London Skolars in the capital.

Their disciplinary cases won’t be dealt with until next week which boosts Roughyeds’ prospects in London but potentially threatens the red-card duo’s availability for a possible promotion semi-final shoot-out at Odsal on Sunday week.

To get there, Scott Naylor’s men have to beat Skolars and hope that Whitehaven’s play-off aspirations hit the buffers at York City Knights the next day.

Anything other than that and Roughyeds will fail to qualify, so it’s all to play for in a match that has been switched across the city from the New River Stadium in Tottenham to the West Ealing home of Championship outfit London Broncos.

Oldham’s game will kick-off at 5.30pm as part two of a double header which also features Broncos v Salford Red Devils in the Super 8s Qualifiers, kicking off at 3pm.

These late changes were only announced on Tuesday, mainly because Skolars were afraid their attendance would be severely hit if they were to play at the same time as their capital cousins.

To avoid a clash, a double-header at The Trailfinders Sports Club (Vallis Way, West Ealing, London W13 ODD) was seen as the answer.

Picking the positives out of it, Oldham boss Scott Naylor said:

“It’s a bigger pitch and hopefully the crowd from the first game will stay on to create a better atmosphere.

“Also, it’s a 4G surface which we train on three times a week at the Vestacare and play on every alternate week.

“Skolars are giving up their true home advantage and as the kick-off has been put back from 3pm to 5.30pm we don’t need to be up at the crack of dawn for the drive down there.

“We can leave at a more civilised time and that’s an important factor in terms of match preparation.

“All things considered, we can have no excuses if things go wrong.”

Turning to the threat posed by Skolars, he went on:

“They’re coached by a stand-off who likes to attack, and that’s how they play, especially at home.

“They’re the best of the southern sides in our division and they’re always a tough nut to crack at home.”

He said some players picked up bumps and bruises in the Bradford game, but the only doubt for weekend was Paul Crook, who didn’t play last week because of a foot injury.

He did some training last night under the one-on-one supervision of the physio but a final decision will be made later.


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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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