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Fade-out not good enough — Scott

​AN angry Scott Naylor had some harsh things to say about his side’s second-half fade-out at Newcastle where they were once in a position of strength with a 22-6 lead.

That was the score after 32 minutes, but Thunder then turned the game upside down to win 28-22.

In three of their five league games, Roughyeds have failed to play for 80 minutes — they started badly and finished badly against Workington at home; in atrocious conditions at North Wales Crusaders they came good to win only in the last quarter of an hour; and at Kingston Park they produced some great rugby early on only to fall from grace with a mighty bump in the second half.

Said Naylor:

“For the first half hour we played our best rugby of the season. For the next 50 we were at our worst. I couldn’t believe it.

“To show such a transformation inside the 80 minutes of one game isn’t good enough. It was an important game against one of our major rivals at the top end of the division yet we go 22-6 up with half-time only eight minutes away and fail to keep them out until the break.

“That was a classic case of being unable to close a game down when we are in command.

“We had no maturity; no calmness; no ability to take stock of where we were in the game and to close it out.

“We did everything wrong from the moment we went 22-6 up after 32 minutes. We should have closed it down to half-time, but we didn’t.

“We spoke at half-time about what we needed to do and the we went out and did the exact opposite.

“They got the momentum and got a roll on and we couldn’t stem the tide because every time we got a crumb of comfort we threw it away by making stupid decisions or stupid errors. I also think Thunder got some help.

“We’d a couple of forwards missing but look, we had enough in the 17 to win this game comfortably. We proved that in the opening half an hour.

“It was exactly what we did against Workington, going points up, building a lead and then throwing it away.

“On the injury front, we have a few people feeling sorry for themselves, but we’ve nothing of note or of anything that’s going to keep them out of the Hunslet game.”

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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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