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‘Now we can take self-belief into the Hornets game’ — Scott

​THE self-belief and confidence Oldham will have gained from their 24-10 in at Barrow should help them immensely in Sunday’s Law Cup clash with the ‘old enemy’ Rochdale Hornets, said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor after the Craven Park triumph.

Post-match Sunday night is the one night of the week when, within reason, the players are allowed to indulge in a spot of fun for a couple of hours or so before thoughts turn to the next challenge.

As you can no doubt imagine, it was a joyful journey back down the M6, but long before the bus turned on to the East Lancs Road to drop off the squad’s west Lancashire contingent, the coaching team headed by Scott Naylor and also including Pete Carey, Paul Crook and Adam Neal was already thinking ahead to Rochdale, the Law Cup and this weekend’s big game at the Vestacare Stadium.

Said Scott:

“The win up there (Barrow) was a great start to our pre-season programme and we now need to take the self-belief it will have generated into the Rochdale game.

“The Law Cup clash is NOT a friendly –it’s a very important game for both clubs and for both sets of fans.

“Most of our supporters will be watching our many new players for the first time in what will be the first Law Cup game in the town for eight years.

“That makes it even more special and I can’t speak too highly of the attitude of all the new lads we have brought into the club.

“That attitude and that commitment were reflected in how we played against the Raiders, who are always tough to beat at home.

“It isn’t easy for so many new lads to integrate into a new side as successfully as we did at Craven Park. It speaks volumes for the commitment of the boys.

“We looked fit, strong, structured, well organised and confident — and that was particularly admirable given the number of lads who were there for the first time and the fact that we had only one real middle man (Luke Nelmes) on the bench.

“I think the extra experience we’ve brought into the club will be a big help too.

“We took our chances when we got into strong positions, after scrambling well early on to keep ourselves in the game before going from strength to strength.

“We grew into the game and grew in confidence as the game wore on.

“Individually, there were a few outstanding performances and I would like to mention young Jamie Greenwood, who’s only 20 but did more than enough to prove that we’ve signed a good, young hooker.

“He was quick around the ruck, showed he had a good kicking game and he wasn’t shy in defence.”

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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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