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Eyes down for Challenge Cup draw

LUCKY for some ? Oldham are numbered 13 in the third-round draw for the Coral Challenge Cup which will be made this evening (Monday) in Coventry.

Into the hat will go the 11 Betfred League 1 clubs plus the 13 winning teams from round two.

None of the Oldham community teams was involved but nearby Rochdale Mayfield had an excellent 30-20 win at Thornhill Trojans (Dewsbury) to command the No 14 ball in the draw, one behind Oldham’s.

The draw will be shown live on the BBC Sport website, with Dave Woods, from 6pm.

Last year, Roughyeds beat Featherstone Lions 42-0 at the Vestacare Stadium in round three and then had a great 27-6 win at Halifax in round four (what a great night that was) before going down 32-0 against Hull KR at Bower Fold in round five.

The 13 community clubs in this evening’s draw are Rochdale Mayfield, Dewsbury Moor, Distington, Featherstone Lions, Haydock, Lock Lane, Siddall, Thatto Heath Crusaders, West Bowling, West Hull, Wigan St Jude’s, Wigan St Pat’s, York Acorn.

Once the draw has been made and we know who we play on the weekend of March 9 and 10, thoughts will quickly revert to the big game this Sunday at the Vestacare Stadium when we open our Betfred League 1 campaign with a visit by highly-fancied Workington Town.

Scott Naylor has stressed on numerous occasions how important it is that we start the season on a high.

Club captain Gareth Owen, meanwhile, has already set the bar of expectation high by revealing that the squad has set a top-place finish and automatic promotion as the players’ goal for 2019.
Three of the first four League 1 games are at the Vestacare Stadium, against Workington, Whitehaven and London Skolars so we’ve got to make sure we take advantage of playing in front of our own fans so often and so early in the campaign.



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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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