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Upbeat Scott and his squad all ready to go

​AS the countdown begins to the big kick-off against Workington Town at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, February 17, head coach Scott Naylor is upbeat about the size and quality of his squad; about team performances in pre-season; and about the bookies’ verdict that Oldham are favourites to win Betfred League 1.

With no game this Sunday, February 10, he has cancelled Saturday morning training and given his 24 players the full weekend off — the last chance they have of a weekend break for several months.

They will be in again for big-match preparation on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, followed by Captain’s Run next Saturday and then the 2019 Betfred League 1 opener against fellow promotion aspirants Workington at the Vestacare the following day, kick-off 3pm.

After beating Championship sides Barrow and Rochdale and going down narrowly at Swinton Lions (four tries apiece) in warm-up matches, Scott is banking on his new-look squad repeating that form when it really matters and in front of a sizeable home crowd.

“It’s great to be at home on day one, but we’ve got to make it count. I’m sure we are good enough to start the season strongly, which we need to do,”

said the Roughyeds boss, now gearing up for his seventh season at the rudder.

Unlike many coaches who would prefer not to see their side tagged as favourites to win the competition, Scott isn’t worried about it one way or the other.

He added:

“It’s not a problem. I certainly don’t mind it. It’s of little consequence really.

“Personally, I think Newcastle should have been made favourites.

“At the very least I think we’ll be in the top three or four, but you’ve also to look at who is spending the most money.

“Of the teams that are generally expected to form the top four — Workington Town, Newcastle Thunder, Doncaster and us —- Newcastle are spending the most and Workington are also spending more than we are.

“Last year the two sides that spent the most money (Bradford Bulls and York City Knights) went up comfortably so it will be interesting to see what happens this time.

“Any successful side needs to avoid a lot of serious injuries and have a bit of luck. We need to turn last season’s narrow defeats into wins but it’s a long season with a couple of cup competitions thrown in for good measure, so we’ll need our share of luck and a fair crack from the match officials.

“Given all that we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“I’m very happy with the squad we’ve assembled. I said I wanted 24 or 25 and that’s what I’ve got. Nobody else will be coming in now, but I’ve got a solid squad that’s full of good lads and they’ve already shown what they are capable of in the warm-up games.”

Town come to our town having finished higher than Oldham last year and having earned the distinction of beating Bradford home and away before losing out to them in the play-off final.
Like Roughyeds, they have made no secret of their promotion intentions.

Coached by Leon Pryce, a good friend and former playing colleague of Scott, the Cumbrians are currently on a high as they look forward to hosting games in the 2021 World Cup and playing in a new stadium to be built by the regional council and shared with the town’s football club.

Make a date now to watch Oldham v Workington Town at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm) on Sunday, February 17. It should be a cracking start to a 2019 promotion campaign that is rich in promise and expectation.


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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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