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Attention now switches to 1895 Cup

​IN-FORM Oldham will be seeking their fifth win in a row when attention switches to the new 1895 Cup in the coming weekend.

Having scored an astonishing 37 tries in their last four outings, Roughyeds look forward to entertaining fellow Betfred League 1 side Doncaster at the Vestacare Stadium this Sunday, June 2 (3pm kick-off) in the second round of the 1895 Cup.

Of the four League 1 teams in round two, Roughyeds are the only one to enjoy a home tie.

Moreover, they are paired with one of the third-tier quartet . . . how good is that ?

This good fortune in the draw, of course, only becomes worthwhile if club, team, coaching staff and fans convert it into a positive experience with a positive outcome, such as qualification into the last eight.

If that were to happen, Roughyeds would be only two games from the Holy Grail that will be Wembley on Saturday, August 24.

Donny, who beat West Wales 54-0 on Sunday to end a run of three successive defeats, will come to the Vestacare with all guns blazing and boasting the joint second-best defensive record in the division.

Round two pairings:

Sunday, June 2 (all 3pm): Batley Bulldogs v Rochdale Hornets; Dewsbury Rams v Swinton Lions; Leigh Centurions v Workington Town; OLDHAM v Doncaster; York City Knights v Newcastle Thunder.

Wednesday, June 5 (all 8pm): Barrow Raiders v Bradford Bulls; Halifax v Sheffield Eagles; Widnes Vikings v Featherstone Rovers.

At face value Scott Naylor’s men have the best chance of flying the flag for League 1 in the next round, but to see off Doncaster’s challenge they’ll have to take their league form into Sunday’s knock-out tie which is a split gate, all-pay match.

After the latest round of league games, Roughyeds remain third with easily the best attacking figures of the lot — 322 points at an average of more than 35 points a game.
Newcastle (286) are next best, then come Hunslet on 254.

Defensively, leaders Whitehaven have conceded fewest (138), followed by Hunslet and Doncaster on 160 and Oldham on 164.

Oldham are the only side with a three-figure difference between points scored and conceded (158) and in a tight division points difference could well be worth an extra league point in the final scramble for places.



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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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