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Brook given more time to recover

​HALF-BACK Adam Brook, who was available again after a month out with a broken bone in a wrist, is not included in Scott Naylor’s Oldham 19 for today’s clash with Betfred League 1 leaders Whitehaven in the first round of the 1895 Cup at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm).

With no game next Sunday, his omission means he will have another two weeks in which to strengthen up the joint before the visit of Coventry Bears to Oldham on May 19.
‘Haven boss Gary Charlton is also playing safe in team selection.

Papua New Guinea powerhouse Dion Aiye is included in his 19, but the word from the Cumbrian camp is that Aiye, skipper Marc Shackley and livewire half-back Callum Phillips will sit this one out.

Charlton told the local evening paper:

“Gaining promotion is our No 1 target so anyone carrying the slightest knock is being rested.”

Called up into the 19-man squad is club legend Scott McAvoy, a Recreation Ground stalwart who is now on the coaching staff. He will start on the bench.

Also included are fringe men Ruairi McGoff and young Jake Bradley.

Another young player, Sam Dowsett, has just signed a two-year contract extension to his current one-year deal.

The ‘Haven camp is buzzing at present with the team on top of League 1; short-term proposals for the launch of a reserve side next season; and longer-term plans for ambitious stadium development.

Naylor expects a tough, intense encounter with ‘Haven out to avenge their only defeat of the season so far at Oldham on the second weekend of the season back in February.

He sees his ‘Haven counterpart Charlton as a similar type of coach to himself — tough, uncompromising and a boss with a no-nonsense approach.

You can read Naylor’s thoughts on Whitehaven and Charlton in Roughyed Review, our match-day, 24-page magazine which will be on sale inside the ground for £3 and is packed full of club information, including interesting and informative articles by chairman Chris Hamilton and regular contributors and lifelong Roughyeds fans George Cowburn, Michael Turner and Ian Wilson.

George’s son Phil, a Roughyeds’ mascot when he was a boy, plays for West Wales Raiders, while Ian’s son Andy, a well-known journalist, is head of communications at the Rugby Football League.

In colour and imaginatively illustrated with pictures by our media team personnel Dave Murgatroyd and Dave Naylor, the magazine is good value for money and an excellent read for Roughyeds followers.

The teams will go into battle with selections from these squads of 19:

OLDHAM: Liam Bent, Danny Bridge, Paul Crook, Ben Davies, Jamie Greenwood, Titus Gwaze, Ritchie Hawkyard, Dave Hewitt, Jack Holmes, Kyran Johnson, Phil Joy, Danny Langtree, Scott Law, Harry Maders, Zack McComb, Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Emmerson Whittel, Matty Wilkinson.

WHITEHAVEN: Sam Forrester, Jordan Burns, Chris Taylor, Jessie Joe Parker, Dave Thompson, Dion Aiye, James Newton, Kris Coward, Sam Dowsett, Connor Holliday, Andrew Bulman, Scott McAvoy, Jake Bradley, Ruairi McGoff, Jason Mossop, Kurt Maudling, Jake Carter, Brett Phillips, Jake Moore.

The Oldham squad includes two former Haven players in goalkicking half-back Paul Crook and front-row forward Ben Davies.

Season tickets are invalid for this all-pay, split gate cup-tie for which admission prices are as follows:

Adults standing £14, concessions £12, under-16s £2; adults sitting, £16, concessions £14, under-16s £5.



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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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