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Workington defeat opens things up

​WORKINGTON Town’s surprise 50-22 defeat at Newcastle has again opened things up in the jostle for play-off places in Betfred League 1.

York City Knights or Bradford Bulls will fill one play-off spot, leaving three to be contested by Doncaster, Workington, Oldham, Hunslet and Whitehaven.

Only four points separate the five with Doncaster on 32 points, Workington on 32, Oldham on 30, Hunslet on 30 and Whitehaven on 28.

Workington now have only two games left, while the others have three.

Roughyeds have the toughest run-in of them all, playing leaders York away tomorrow; second-placed Bradford Bulls at the Vestacare Stadium next Sunday (Sep 16); and London Skolars away on Saturday, September 22.

You can watch the York v Oldham game by signing up FREE for OurLeague (see the Roughyeds website) and you can buy tickets for the Bradford game from the Roughyeds office at the Vestacare between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday next week.

Key games tomorrow in the battle for play-off spots are York v OLDHAM; Keighley Cougars v Doncaster; and Whitehaven v Hunslet.

The Oldham-Bradford game next Sunday (3pm) is NOT all-ticket (turnstiles open at 1pm) but by buying tickets in advance fans will ease congestion around the turnstiles and make entry into the ground far more comfortable.

Entry to the social club will be from inside the ground.


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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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