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​WIDNES Vikings will have the backing of a black-and-white army in Sunday’s fourth-round Coral Challenge Cup tie against Oldham at Bower Fold, Stalybridge.

They took more than 1,000 fans to Rochdale last Sunday — attendance 1,732 — and they expect to have similar numbers, if not more, when starting out on the road to Wembley.

Roughyeds beat Haydock in the last round but Championship clubs don’t enter until this juncture so it will be Vikings’ first foray into knock-out rugby since they went into administration and ultimately escaped liquidation by the narrowest of margins.

They started the season on minus-12 points but having won six of their first seven Championship games they’ve already wiped out their deficit and are set fair to start climbing the table.

“They’re one of the strongest teams in the Championship,” said Oldham boss Scott Naylor. “You’d certainly expect them to win more than they lose.

“They’ve got quality right through the squad and even after all the issues of the last six to eight weeks they’ve put together an impressive run of wins,

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us, but it’s a one-off and as we’ve shown in the relatively recent past we can make it tough for teams like that if we perform at our best for 80 minutes.

“It’s up to us to stop Widnes doing what they do best.”

Centre Danny Grimshaw won’t be fit in time; Aaron Jones-Bishop, Danny Bridge and Anthony Bowman are on RFL suspensions; Jack Holmes and Dave Hewitt are suffering from a bug that’s circulating and are currently unwell; and young prop Titus Gwaze has tweaked a hamstring.

Added Naylor:

“We’ll have a better idea later in the week, but I think Titus and the lads who are sick will be alright.”

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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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