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First away game will be tough — Naylor

OLDHAM will be warned about the backlash from as many as five Roughyeds old boys when Scott Naylor’s men travel to Wrexham on Sunday (2.30pm) to face North Wales Crusaders in their first away game of the season. Note the time of kick-off.

Dave Eccleston, Matty Reid, Kenny Hughes, Steve Roper and Alex Thompson have all worn Oldham jerseys in the past, Eccleston, Reid and Hughes as recently as last season.

Crusaders are also expected to give a debut at half-back to mid-week loan signing Elliott Jenkins, a 20-year-old Welsh international from Rochdale Hornets.

A product of the youth set-up at St Helens, Jenkins joined Hornets midway through last season but has now been allowed out on loan to Crusaders, initially for one month.
He played for Wales against Scotlnd and Ireland last autumn as the Dragons qualified for the 2021 World Cup.

Said Oldham boss Naylor:

“It’s going to be tough. They’ve recruited well and in their first home game of the season they’ll be out to make an impression in front of their own fans.

“With so many former Oldham players in their side they’ll be looking forward to playing us, but there’s a lot of improvement in us and we have the potential to be a very exciting team and one that’s difficult to beat.”

Full-back Ritchie Hawkyard (ribs) and hooker Gareth Owen (elbow) will be checked out at training on Thursday night after picking up knocks in last Sunday’s 36-12 win against Whithaven.

Matty Wilkinson, who would normally be expected to replace Owen at hooker if the club captain were to fail a fitness test, didn’t train on Tuesday because he was unwell.

Ben Calland has a back problem but the main concerns are about Hawkyard and Owen.

Roughyeds return home to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week, March 10, when they entertain amateurs Haydock in the third of the Coral Challenge Cup (3pm kick-off).

Oldham’s junior season-ticket holders get in free and admission for everyone else is slashed to £10 (adults), £8 (concessions) and £2 (under-16s).


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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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