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Scott the Law-man on verge of career milestone

​OLDHAM prop Scott Law will make his 250th career appearance if he plays against London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday.

Signed from Keighley Cougars in the close season, the 34-year-old Law-man has played in each of the Roughyeds’ three Betfred League 1 games and one Coral Challenge Cup tie so far this season and he will be expected to reach his personal milestone this weekend.

Cutting a formidable figure with his red hair and ginger beard, Scott was last season’s player of the year at Keighley, for whom he made 210 appearances in a ten-year stay.

He has also played 29 games for Halifax and six for Rochdale Hornets.

Oldham have won nine and drawn one of their last ten games with Skolars, amassing 208 points against 70 in their last five meetings.

Scott Naylor has warned though that they are getting better and stronger every year.

In their 18-18 home draw with Keighley Cougars last time out they fielded a maximum five loan or dual-reg men in full-back Craig Mullen and winger Joe Brown from Wigan Warriors as well as three from London Broncos, loose-forward Dan Hindmarsh, scrum-half James Meadows and centre Jacob Ogden.

Said Naylor:

“Skolars are the biggest team in our division. They’re big, strong and athletic, always have been but more so now. Their forwards are big and mobile and they like to play an expansive game, probably because they’re coached by a stand-off half.

“They’ll take risks too which means we’ve got to control the rucks and defend well if we’re to stop them putting points on the board.

“You’ve got to be at your best defensively every time they have the ball, but we’re at home and they’ve got a journey of between four and five hours so those things should be advantageous.

“There’s still a lot of improvement in us. We did okay against Whitehaven (won 36-12); showed a lot of character at North Wales Crusaders (won 16-14); and produced a lot of good, attacking rugby in scoring 14 tries against Haydock (won 80-10).

“The challenge now is to bring all those different aspects of our game together; improve each week; and then show the consistency to play at that level every week.”

Winger Aaron Jones-Bishop and versatile Anthony Bowman, who shared half-back duties with Adam Brook last time out, are suspended for this game and also for the following game against Widnes Vikings in the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on Sunday, March 31 (kick-off 3pm).



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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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