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‘A 50-50 game’ says Pryce

WORKINGTON coach Leon Pryce has described his side’s clash with Oldham at the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (Sunday) as a finely-balanced ’50-50 game’.

“They don’t come much tougher than Oldham away,”

said the former Bradford Bulls star who played alongside Scott Naylor at Odsal.

They have a high regard of each other and high respect is clearly mutual.

Naylor on Pryce:

“He did a fantastic job in his first year as a coach and took Workington to within 40 minutes of promotion.”

Pryce on Naylor:

“He is a very, very angry man. He needs to smile now and again. Joking apart, he is a very good coach, astute, has his side well-drilled. I’m 100 per cent sure Oldham will be in the top three at the very least.”

The OuRLeague app interviewed Pryce, having chosen Oldham v Town as their Betfred League 1 team of the week.

He picked out Richie Hawkyard as the Roughyeds player to watch and named his own star man as half-back Jamie Doran, Town vice-captain and a former captain of the Wigan Warriors Academy squad.

Of Hawkyard, he said:

“He’s been consistently good for a number of years. He runs the ball strongly, he’s difficult to stop and he likes to scoot from dummy half.

“We’ll be watching for him.”

He added:

“We’ve signed some good players; had some big wins (last year) and we’re moving in the right direction.

“I’m expecting a tough, close, physical game. It’s 50-50, but it’s always good for confidence to get that first win and we’ll be going for it.”

Town’s 19-man squad includes centre James Worthington, a youngster from Wigan Warriors who was signed on a month’s loan on Thursday.

He links up with another Warriors loan man, Caine Barnes, but there is no room in the 19 for full-back Ryan Fieldhouse, who has a shoulder injury, or newly-signed Welsh prop Sam Hopkins, who is unavailable for this one.

The squad still has loads of experience, however, and includes the likes of Oliver Wilkes, Colton Roche, Sean Penkywicz, Karl Ostrom,Tyller Danny Tickle and Carl Forber.

TOWN (from): Oliver Wilkes, Jamie Doran, Tom Curwen, Andrew Dawson, Colton Roche, Caine Barnes, Sean Penkywicz, Karl Olstrom, Reiss Butterworth, Gordon Maudling, Danny Tickle, Carl Forber, Stevie Scholey, Jonathon Walsh, Perry Singleton, Elliott Miller, James Worthington, Scott Rooke, Tyller Mellor.

Oldham’s 19 will be announced later today, following this morning’s Captain’s Run.



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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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