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Kershaw set for Law Cup return

​WINGER Lee Kershaw, the Wakefield Trinity youngster who has joined Oldham on a season-long loan, is in line to play in Sunday’s Law Cup clash against derby rivals Rochdale Hornets at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

He didn’t play in the Roughyeds’ 24-10 win at Barrow, but the agreement between the clubs dictates that the loan starts on Sunday.

As a full-time pro at Wakefield, he’s included in a 25-strong Trinity squad to play a pre-season game at Newcastle Thunder tomorrow (Saturday), but he’s one of nine youngsters looking for game time and Trinity are aware that Roughyeds want him for Sunday.

Coach Scott Naylor has confirmed that the side to do battle with the old enemy from just over Summit Hill will be named from the 17 who were on duty at Barrow plus new boy Emerson Whittel and Kershaw.

It means there could be no fewer than seven new signings playing at the Vestacare in Oldham colours for the first time.

Richie Hawkyard, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Anthony Bowman, Scott Law, Ben Calland and Jamie Greenwood made their debuts in a very impressive run-out at Barrow and its likely that in this one Whittel will also get a run as well.

All 17 did well up in Cumbria, but there were stand-out performances by two-try centre Zack McComb, full-back Hawkyard and non-stop prop Law.

All the new boys will be particularly keen to impress in their first game in front of Oldham supporters and especially in a game where there is silverware at stake.
Roughyeds hold the Law Cup and they will be out to make sure it stays in Oldham.

After the game the Oldham RL Heritage Trust will present their trophy to the Roughyeds player they considered to be top performer on the day.

Giving an update on the club’s injury situation after last night training session, Scott said Paul Crook still needed more time out because of his foot problem.

Ben Davies was now back in full training but because he had missed a lot of the pre-season stuff he needed to do what Scott called ‘a mini pre-season in a short space of time.

There was better news of Danny Grimshaw, who was close to playing this week and will definitely be available for the third warm-up game at Swinton Lions on Sunday week.

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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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