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Naylor seeking “fresh legs” in cup-squad rotation

STAND by for changes in Oldham RLFC’s squad for Sunday’s third-round Coral Challenge Cup tie against Haydock at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Coach Scott Naylor has confirmed he will be seeking “fresh legs” as Roughyeds set out on the Wembley trail in the hope of reaching the later stages and making serious money.

Danny Grimshaw didn’t train on Tuesday night because of a groin problem.

Anthony Bowman (heel) and Ritchie Hawkyard (groin) were said to be struggling.

All three will be checked out at training later, but in any event Naylor will be rotating his squad to give others a game

He said:

“We’ll be fielding a strong squad with fresh legs. A few lads will be out to impress and to show me why they think they shouldn’t have lost their spots in the first place.

“I’ve got a lot of depth in the squad which is one of the best we’ve had for a while.”

The tie is a repeat of the 2017 fourth-round clash at Bower Fold, Stalybridge which Roughyeds won 40-12 after going 8-0 down inside the first ten minutes.

“We started slowly and we won’t be doing that again. I’m expecting we’ll play very well,”

added the Oldham boss.

Roughyeds have cut admission prices from £14 to £10 for adults and from £12 to £8 for concessions in a bid to get fans through the turnstiles.

They are looking to make significant money out of the Coral Challenge Cup and the new 1895 Cup, which also ends up at Wembley.

Super League clubs are not involved in the new knock-out competition, the first-round draw for which will be made at the same time as the draw for the fourth round Coral Challenge Cup next Tuesday.

St Anne’s under-11s and their equivalents from Rylands (Warrington) will play a curtain-raiser and then combine to carry out and display a giant promotional banner to be laid on the pitch.

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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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