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Season ends with disappointing defeat

​OLDHAM’S 2018 season ended with a disappointing 47-0 defeat by Bradford Bulls at Odsal in the Betfred League 1 promotion semi-final.

Workington won at Doncaster in the other play-off game, so the Cumbrians go head-to-head with the Bulls at Odsal for the right to join title-winning York City Knights in the Championship next year.

Intriguingly, Workington did a league double over the Bulls, winning at Derwent Park early in the season and then completing another win at Bradford more recently.

Oldham, alas, face another season in the third tier after competing strongly for 20 minutes or so and then collapsing to be on the receiving end of their biggest defeat of the year.

In fairness, they went into the game without four suspended players — Danny Bridge, Ben Davies, Luke Nelmes and Luke Hooley — and it was to prove too much of a handicap in a game too far for Scott Naylor’s men.

Four times they had men held up over the Bulls line, but in the main they struggled to break down a well-drilled home defence.

In stark contract, Bulls led 19-0 at half-time and went on to finish with eight tries, five of them in the second half and four of those in a ten-minute spell when Lee Kershaw was sin-binned for kicking the ball away in frustration after a Dane Chisholm 40-20.

He hadn’t been back long when Gareth Owen was also shown yellow for a high tackle.

Ross Peltier ran in to spark a pile-up and he was also sin-binned as the tie finished with 12 men on each side.



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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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