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THE Oldham club would never be so bold or so disrespectful to talk about the possibilities of a points pile-up in any given game, but facts are facts and Roughyeds fans, if nobody else, will be looking for Scott Naylor’s men to significantly improve their ‘points for’ figures when they play West Wales Raiders in the RU stronghold of Llanelli this Saturday.

Discount Keighley Cougars, who would be sitting pretty in third place had they not started off on minus-12, and the Welsh side props up the rest with seven defeats in seven games and having conceded 326 points at an average of more than 46 a game.

In fifth place, out of 11, come Oldham, four points behind joint leaders Hunslet and Whitehaven and one of four clubs on six points.

Indeed, only four points separate the top seven and the way everyone is beating each other and jostling for position there is enough evidence even at this early stage of the campaign to believe that play-off positions or even automatic promotion itself could hinge on for-and-against differences and the slenderest of margins.

Political correctness, not to mention the dangers of motivating the opposition and ending up in an embarrassing situation if things haven’t gone according to plan or expectation, debars Oldham from shouting the odds. Humble pie is a strong antidote.

Nevertheless, Roughyeds will be no different than any of the other sides in the top half, all of which will be aiming to put a few points on the board notwithstanding a crack-of-dawn wake-up call for lots of their players and a round trip in the day of some 500 miles on a bus.

Last season Naylor’s men won 74-0 in the south-west of the Principality and followed up two months later with a club record 102-6 triumph at the Vestacare Stadium.

Luke Hooley scored four tries; Jonah Cunningham and Dave Hewitt each recorded hat-tricks; and other tries were scored by Jack Holmes (2), Jack Spencer, Jordan Dezaria, Lee Kershaw, Zack McComb (2) and Ben West; 18 in all.

Up to now this season Roughyeds have totalled 164 points at an average of fractionally more than 27 per game and while that compares favourably with the rest, four clubs have scored more —- Hunslet (192), Newcastle (216), Workington Town (172) and Keighley Cougars (180).

Up to ten days or so ago fans didn’t expect to see Danny Langtree and Danny Bridge playing in the same Oldham pack again, but there is every possibility that might happen this weekend with ‘Langers’ making his 150th Oldham appearance and Bridge back for the first time this season, having cleared his nine-month suspension.



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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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