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McComb’s season off to a flier with four tries in three outings

​RICHIE Hawkyard (calf), Luke Nelmes (gashed head), Dave Hewitt (thigh) and Danny Grimshaw (hamstring) will be monitored this week ahead of Oldham’s clash with Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

It will be the fourth and final pre-season warm-up game for the Roughyeds, who have a rest on Sunday, February 10 before starting the Betfred League 1 campaign with the visit of fancied Workington Town to the Vestacare on February 17.

Grimshaw was included in the initial 19-man squad for the Swinton game, but was later withdrawn and replaced by in-form Zack McComb, who scored his fourth try in three games at Swinton to get his 2019 campaign off to a flying start.

Full-back Hawkyard scored an early try when he touched down Anthony Bowman’s clever kick, but he later required treatment and he didn’t resume for the second half.
Hewitt played for about an hour with a thigh heavily strapped before he was also taken off.

Assistant coach Peter Carey, conducting the post-game media interview in the absence of Scott Naylor because of a family commitment, said the injury substitutions were precautionary and also designed to give as many players as possible a run.

He added:

“It was a tough game but, the Law Cup apart, it was what these pre-season games are all about, and that’s to give as many lads as you can game time and to take the opportunity to try out one or two things.

“It was scrappy in parts, but there were also a lot of good things on view from both sides.

“From our point of view it was a chance to try out a few different things and to take a look at different ways we want to play this year,

“I rotated a few players to have a look at options, notably playing Anthony Bowman in the second-row for a spell.

” ‘Chewy’ (Hewitt) had a thigh strapped up and he was taken off after about an hour because he’s had a lot of time on the field in our three games so far.

“Jamie Greenwood got a lot more game time this week and Aaron Jones-Bishop was replaced at half-time so that Harry Maders could get on the field.

“Luke Nelmes had several stitches in his head after an accidental clash with a Swinton player who lost a tooth.

“Phil Joy also got more game time and, despite the result, we got a lot out of the game and took a lot of positives from it.

“We are now looking forward to Newcastle at home when we hope to get a bigger crowd than we had against Rochdale.

“The boys love to have the Vestacare crowd behind them and they’e the first to say it can make a big difference.”



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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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