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Six new boys make their debuts in Barrow opener

NEITHER Oldham nor Barrow will risk players who are carrying niggles and knocks when the curtain goes up on the 2019 rugby league season at Craven Park tomorrow (3pm).

As expected, Scott Naylor won’t take any chances with Paul Crook (toe), Danny Grimshaw (hamstring) and Ben Davies (calf), while Raiders boss Paul Crarey has said he will take a similar stance with his Championship squad.

Nevertheless, it’s a Roughyeds squad packed with interesting selections, including six new players plus local lad Harry Maders from the Waterhead club, who has had spells with the academies at both Salford and Huddersfield.

Squad: Bent, Bowman, Calland, Greenwood, Hawkyard, Hewitt, Holmes, Johnson, Jones-Bishop, Joy, Law, Maders, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Spencer, Wilkinson.

Winger Lee Kershaw, who will be with us on a season-long loan from Wakefield Trinity, is still training full time with the Betfred Super League club and hasn’t yet linked up with the Roughyeds.

Emerson Whittel is unavailable this weekend and Danny Bridge is suspended until the end of April so when he is free to play it will be like getting a new player, and a very good one at that.

With six players currently out of contention there’s an opportunity for others to push themselves to the front of the pecking order.

The same applies at Barrow where Crarey has a lot more options than his Oldham counterpart and will have to make numerous late decisions.

Jono Smith has returned to full training after a calf injury and both Ryan Duffy and Martin Aspinwall are recovering from illness.

His three new signing from PNG flew into Manchester yesterday and arrived in Barrow in time to be introduced to the Craven Park faithful at a sponsors’ function in Dalton last night.

It remains to be seen whether Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara jnr and Willie Minoga will play, but Raiders are not short of talented new boys like Tee Ritson and Jordan Walne and that’s not even considering Gareth Hock, who has been battling to overcome a shoulder injury.

Said the Raiders boss:

“I won’t risk anybody in the friendlies if they’re carrying injuries. We’ve got to be ready for when the season starts so we’ll be selective in the first few games.

“Whitehaven (who Barrow play next) and Oldham are always a test and there’s not a lot of difference between the bottom-end Championship clubs and the top-end League 1 sides.

“They’ll give us an absolute test and they’ll come here with a purpose.

“Oldham have the Law Cup next week and that’s massive for them , so their build-up to that will be very strong.

“League 1 is more physical than the Championship, but the Championship is quicker.”

Admission prices at Barrow for this one are £10 (adults), £7 (concessions) and £3 (under-16s) but these go FREE if accompanied by a paying adult.



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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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