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Four tries apiece in narrow defeat

BOTH sides scored two tries in each half, but Swinton Lions edged a tight game 22-18 as Oldham slipped to their first defeat of pre-season at Heywood Road.

In the final analysis, the only difference was in goalkicking. Lions new boy Oscar Thomas converted three of his side’s four tries, while Roughyeds managed only one conversion by Dave Hewitt.

Playing with a thigh heavily strapped, Hewitt was taken off midway through the second half after failing to improve a Lee Kershaw try in the corner just before half-time.

It was left to Oldham debutant Adam Brook to attempt to convert second-half tries by Zack McComb and Kyran Johnson and, kicking from wide out against a fierce, swirling wind, he failed to find the target.

Oldham’s first try early in the game went to former Lions hero Richie Hawkyard, who followed up to score after a perfectly-judged Anthony Bowman kick into the Lions in-goal area.

Swinton looked the best of the three Championship sides Roughyeds have played so far, but there were plenty of positives in another strong Oldham performance ahead of next Sunday’s fourth and final warm-up game against Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick off).

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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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