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Spencer, McComb cleared to face ‘Haven

​OLDHAM’S Jack Spencer (knee) and Zack McComb (ankle), who picked up knocks against Workington, have been cleared to play in Sunday’s extremely important head-to-head with Whitehaven at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

They will be among 23 players available for this second home game in a row, but head coach Scott Naylor has reaffirmed his statement of earlier in the week that he will , in all probability, make changes.

Everybody will be in contention apart from long-term injury victim Paul Crook and suspended Danny Bridge.

Said Naylor:

“Some lads were very unlucky not to play against Workington and others need game time.

“It’s no good playing the same team every week and having the same lads inactive every week. If you’ve got a squad you’ve got to use it wisely so that as many players as possible are ready to go at the drop of a hat on any given weekend.”

He said his players would welcome an early opportunity to put right the things that went wrong in the 32-28 opening-day defeat by Workington.

Added Scott:

“Workington are a very good team but if we had played anything like our best we would have been okay.

“Anyway, that game was put to bed on Tuesday and then we began to prepare for Whitehaven.

“They’ve always been a tough side to beat, home or away, but if we put right the things we did last week and play to something like our true level we’ll be a very hard side to beat.”

Whitehaven come to town in second place following their 28-16 home win against Keighley Cougars which was highlighted by a two-try salvo from former Hull winger Andrew Bulman on debut.

Buoyed by last week’s crowd of 765, Roughyeds are hoping for something similar on Sunday.

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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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