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Roughyeds looking at opposed training

​GEARING up for their big kick-off in Betfred League 1 in ten days’ time, Oldham RLFC hope to arrange an opposed training session against a Super League academy side.

Preparations for the visit of Workington Town to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week, February 17, in the curtain-up to the 2019 season were hit hard by last weekend’s snow and ice.

They caused the cancellation of the Roughyeds’ fourth and final pre-season run-out against Newcastle Thunder which raised concerns that Scott Naylor’s men might have to challenge the fancied Cumbrians having gone three weeks without a game.

Ice-cool head coach Naylor said:

“It’s not ideal, but it is what it is. We can’t control the weather.”

With the Championship season already under way and five League 1 teams in friendly action this weekend, Roughyeds were unable to find any more pre-season opponents after turning over Championship outfits Barrow Raiders and Rochdale Hornets before going down narrowly at Swinton Lions.

They’re now trying for the next best thing — real tackling in an opposed training session — to make sure Naylor’s new-look outfit stays in tip-top shape for the visit of Leon Pryce’s canny Cumbrians.

Like Oldham and Newcastle, Workington have made no secret of their promotion intentions this year and Roughyeds know they will have to kick-off in top gear in order to make a winning start.
Naylor had intended to use 21 players against Thunder — the 20 on duty at Swinton the previous week plus, for the first time this season, centre Danny Grimshaw.

‘Grimmer’ has been battling to beat a hamstring problem but, happily, it looks as though he could be in contention for next week’s big opener.

“We’ve one or two knocks and bumps, but nothing serious,”

added Naylor, who expects to have everyone available apart from long-term casualties Paul Crook and Ben Davies plus the suspended Danny Bridge.

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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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