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Hawkyard, Owen cleared to play

RITCHIE Hawkyard and Gareth Owen, who were doubtful earlier in the week after picking up knocks against Whitehaven, have been cleared to play in Oldham’s first away game of the Betfred League 1 season at North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.

The game kicks off at 2.30pm at the Queensway Stadium in Wrexham.

Like last week, the only players who are not available for selection are Danny Bridge and Paul Crook.

Hawkyard and Owen trained fully last night (Thurs) and put up their hands for Sunday’s game.

Coach Scott Naylor is aware that Crusaders could have a few former Roughyeds players in their ranks, including Kenny Hughes, who was at Oldham for seven years and made more than 100 appearances for the club.

He and Danny Langtree, both from St Helens, have been close friends for years and when ‘Langers’ left to pursue a career in Super League with Hull it was no surprise that Hughes waved farewell too.

Coach Scott Naylor said:

“Crusaders will have a lot more information about us than they would normally. Kenny, for instance, will know what we like to do from the ruck and when close to the line.

“But we’re a different team than last year; a better team.

“The big challenge for us is to put in an 80-minute performance. We haven’t done it so far . We need more consistency. But we have a lot of quality in the side, as I keep saying, and when we do learn to put an 80-minute performance together I can see us winning a lot of games.”

Crusaders followed up the loan signing of young half-back Elliott Jenkins from Rochdale in mid-week by returning to Spotland yesterday for another short-term loan capture in prop Joe Ryan.

Both Jenkins and Ryan have signed initially on month-long deals and both are expected to make their debuts this Sunday.

Commented Crusaders coach Anthony Murray:

“If we can get the fundamentals right I’ll back us against anybody.

“We had it tough at Workington last week (lost 48-18) and Oldham will also be tough opponents, but if we can improve and get the fundamentals right we’ll be fine.”



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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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