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Schoey tips us to win League 1

​GARRY Schofield has tipped Roughyeds to win Betfred League One in 2019 and thus win automatic promotion to the Championship.

The rugby league pundit and former Great Britain legend writes a weekly column in League Express.

Headlined ‘Oldham to win League 1’, his latest piece looks at the prospects of each of the 11 clubs and places them in the order he expects them to finish.

Oldham take pride of place at No 1, followed (in this order) by Workington Town, Doncaster, Newcastle Thunder, Hunslet, Whitehaven, North Wales Crusaders, Coventry Bears, Keighley Cougars, London Skolars, West Wales Raiders.

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He gives a brief run-down on each club’s prospects and said of Oldham:

“I like the way Scott Naylor coaches., so I’m expecting big things of him in 2019.

“The Roughyeds are tough defensively and they like to get ripped in. They’ve got good half-backs who like to move the ball around nicely.

“They pushed York and Bradford very close in consecutive weeks towards the end of last season so they will fear no-one in League One.”

We were involved in two cracking. close games with York, home and away, but we fell to a 47-0 defeat at Bradford in the play-off semi-final — a result that was completely out of character for a Roughyeds squad that could boast one of the best defensive records in the division.

We lost several games by tight margins and that was maybe because we were a young squad with few old heads and we were a little bit short of experience when it came down to the nitty gritty.

Judging by the players we’ve signed during the close season it would appear there has been a conscious decision to make the squad more street-wise.

You can see the new boys for the first time at Barrow on Sunday, January 13. but most fans will no doubt wait for the eagerly-awaited Law Cup clash with derby rivals Rochdale Hornets at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, January 20, kick-off 3pm.

It will be the first Law Cup game in Oldham for several years. We will be defending the silverware we won at the Crown Oil Arena last year following Rochdale’s 2017 win at Stalybridge.

Scott knows that our fans are passionate about any game against our neighbours and he says this one will be no different.

It should be a cracker between two new-look squads and featuring a Hornets side that has a new coach in former Whitehaven boss Carl Forster.

Said Scott:

“After weeks of training with nothing to show for it at the end of the week, we’ll soon be in game mode.

“Training can be a bit boring when you’re slogging away with nothing at the end of it but when you start playing games the focus switches and tyhe lads have something to look forward to at the weekend.

“There’s a different feel to training when the pre-season games are about to get under way.”

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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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