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In-form Zack tops try charts

CENTRE Zack McComb goes into Sunday’s 1895 Cup clash with Whitehaven at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm) as one of Betfred League 1’s most prolific try scorers.

His 12 tries in nine games in cup and league this season place him way out on top of Oldham’s try list with double the number of his nearest challenger, full-back Ritchie Hawkyard.

Oldham’s top three to date in cup and league are McComb (12), Hawkyard (6), Harry Maders (5).

All but four of McComb’s 12 have been scored in League 1 where the centre’s eight tries in league rugby place him joint top with Hunslet’s Gareth Potts.

Hawkyard’s half dozen have all been scored in Betfred League 1 where he is joint third with Jack Miller (Keighley), Mo Agoro (Newcastle) and Alex Clegg (Newcastle).

Betfred League 1 (leading try scorers to date this season): McComb (OLDHAM) 8, Potts (Hunslet) 8, Heaton (Hunslet) 7, Agoro (Newcastle) 6, Clegg (Newcastle) 6, Hawkyard (OLDHAM) 6, Miller (Keighley) 6.

Interestingly, four of the seven play for or have previously played for Roughyeds, namely McComb and Hawkyard currently and Ben Heaton and Mo Agoro previously.

McComb’s rise from a Siddall amateur who, with two of his mates from that club, joined Roughyeds to do a pre-season with them in the winter of 2017/18 with a view to turning pro, to the accomplished League 1 centre he is today is quite remarkable.

His is a story that must surely be inspirational for amateurs in their twenties who have the drive, desire, determination and dedication to prove they can successfully make the step up to the part-time professional ranks.

Interesting, too, that Wakefield Trinity chairman Michael Carter referred on ‘Rugby League Back Chat’ this week to the progress young players Lee Kershaw and Titus Gwaze have made during their time on loan at Oldham.

Lee has been recalled by Wakefield and is now playing in their Super League side, while young prop Titus is doing well in the Roughyeds’ pack.

Said the Trinity chairman:

“We do what we think is best for each individual player. In Lee’s case they loved him at Oldham and Titus is doing well there now.

“The first thing he said to me when he had been there a bit was, ‘Wow ! What a difference it is playing against men’.”

Both McComb and Gwaze are among the 21 players who are available for selection in the side to face Whitehaven on Sunday when home fans could potentially see Danny Langtree and Danny Bridge in the same Oldham side for the first time since last July.

Replying to ‘Haven skipper Marc Shackley’s comment that the table-toppers have a point to prove, having been beaten in the league by Oldham early in the season, Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor said it was no surprise that he should talk like that.

Said Naylor:

“The only game they’ve lost was at Oldham and in their last four outings against top teams in the division they’ve taken seven points out of eight.

“They’re the form team of the division . They’re not scoring a lot, but they’re not conceding a lot either. There’s a way to beat them though and we have a point to prove to ourselves too.

“If we both play well it’s going to be close, but if we play well, and prove to ourselves what we want to prove to ourselves, we’ll be a very tough team to beat.

“It should be a cracker and we’re hoping our fans turn out in force to help us to make home advantage count.”


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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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