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‘It was comprehensive and clinical’ — Carey

WHILE needing no reminding that Haydock won’t be the toughest opponents Oldham are likely to meet on their twin Cup adventure this year —Coral Challenge Cup and the new 1895 Cup — Roughyeds were happy with their 14-try performance in this third-round Challenge Cup tie.

Assistant coach Peter Carey described his side’s offering in freakishly windy conditions as “comprehensive and clinical” and he was particularly pleased that moves and techniques worked on in training were put into practice and used successfully.

“It’s always good when you see that,”

said Scott Naylor’s No 2, who was also moved to comment on the success of a new half-back combination in Anthony Bowman and Adam Brook.

“It worked well and it gives us another option at the heart of the attack, “

he said.

Bowman suffered a second-half back injury but Carey said the early prognosis was that it was not too serious and that, with luck, he could be ready to return soon.

Roughyeds have no game next Sunday and their next test will be London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, March 24 when the occasion will double-up as a big community day, featuring the launch of an under-16s club, Roary’s Pride, and an invitation to the game to local schools who are involved in ‘Oldham Pledge’.

Added Carey:

“We’ve a little bit of time now to get ready for Skolars and we’ll benefit from that.

“When Bowman was hurt we used Jamie Greenwood in the halves and he did okay too.

“We were disappointed with the two tries we let in. We just seemed to switch off a couple of times and we paid the penalty, but overall we scored some great tries and did what we had to do so that has to be very pleasing.”

Oldham have never had as many Yorkshire lads in the squad as they do now — 12 — and chairman Chris Hamilton referred to “these two Yorkies” when presenting individual awards to half-back Adam Brook, a Halifax lad, and Kyran Johnson, who was born in Castleford and lives in Featherstone.

“I should have got the translator in,

” he joked.

He said Brook’s goalkicking in the fierce wind — 12 goals from 14 attempts — was exceptional from the lad who’s on a season-long loan from Halifax.

Of Johnson, he added:

“He’s won the champagne-moment award because of his all-round performance. He’s had to be patient to get his chance, but he’s enjoying his time here and long may that continue.”

Johnson said:

“The conditions made it tough but we were professional in what we did and I think anyone in our team could have won the man-of-the-match award.”



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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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