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Tough selection decisions for Scott

​OLDHAM boss Scott Naylor has talked of the tough selection decisions he will have to make ahead of Sunday’s Betfred League 1 clash with London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm).

Among the players he rested for the third-round Coral Challenge Cup tie against amateurs Haydock last time out were club captain Gareth Owen and half-back and goal-kicker Dave Hewitt.
Full-back Ritchie Hawkyard and centre Danny Grimshaw were carrying knocks so they were left out as a precaution.

On-loan winger Lee Kershaw wasn’t used at the request of his full-time Wakefield Trinity bosses who didn’t want him to become cup-tied in case they needed him in future rounds of the Challenge Cup

Despite these significant omissions Roughyeds cruised through to round four 80-10 with try hat-tricks for Zack McComb and for two of the players who were promoted to the starting line-up, teenage winger Harry Maders and hooker Matty Wilkinson.

Kyran Johnson, in at full-back for Hawkyard, chipped in with two tries and carried off the club’s champagne award for his all-round speed and efficiency.

And to cap it all off Adam Brook stood in as marksman for Hewitt and landed a magnificent 12 goals from 14 attempts in a vicious wind that would have tested the best.

There’s still a slight doubt about Grimshaw and Hawkyard, but Owen, Hewitt and Kershaw, to name but three, will be chomping at the bit to get back into harness.

Naylor’s task will be made slightly easier because of suspensions that rule out Anthony Bowman and Aaron Jones-Bishop, but if ‘Grimmer’ and Hawkyard come through he will still have big decisions to make at full-back, centre and hooker.

Said the Oldham boss:

“There’s a lot of competition for places and that’s what a squad is all about. The lads who came in for the Haydock tie did a great job and were clearly fighting for their places.

“Team selection is down to me and I’ve some tough decisions to make.”


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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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