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Naylor’s selection teasers

​OLDHAM RL boss Scott Naylor will face a selection dilemma when he picks his 17 to face Coventry Bears at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm) in the Roughyeds’ first Betfred League 1 action for three weeks.

Their last league game was a 72-8 win at West Wales Raiders in Llanelli on April 27 and since then they’ve beaten Whitehaven 48-12 at home in the new 1895 Cup and have seen their casualty list reduced from three to one.

After training on Tuesday night Naylor reported a clean bill of health except for Jamaican international winger Aaron Jones-Bishop, who has what is feared to be a serious knee injury.

Half-back Adam Brook and play-anywhere Anthony Bowman, both of whom have been out with wrist and rib injuries respectively, will be available for selection.

And that’s why the Roughyeds’ boss faces a selection teaser.

Does he go with the side that, in scoring 14 tries in Wales and another eight against the Cumbrians, pleased him no end or will he be tempted to utilise his full squad and consider the claims, among others, of naturally-gifted players like Brook and Bowman?

Others who didn’t play in the cup-tie last time out were Ben Calland, Ben Davies and Jamie Greenwood.

Whichever path Naylor chooses to tread, he will stress to his players the importance of giving Coventry the utmost respect.

Though placed eighth in the 11-club competition they’ve won three of their seven games and are on the same number of points as Doncaster, who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

Said Naylor: “They’ll be full of bounce and energy after beating Workington Town last week and we’ll have to be on our game.”

Doncaster, meanwhile, have caused a stir by signing one of the sport’s big names, Rangi Chase, on a short-term deal to the end of the season.

The classy half-back, New Zealand-born but an England international, can’t play until July 14 when he will have cleared a two-year drugs ban.

As a Castleford Tigers star he won Super League’s Man of Steel award in 2011.

Oldham have to play Doncaster three times in an 1895 Cup second-round tie and two league games and maybe a fourth time in the play-offs, but the cup-tie and the league game at the Keepmoat Stadium will be before Chase is eligible for selection.

The Dons come here on Sunday, August 18 when the former Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra man (Australia) will be expected to significantly increase the workload of the Vestacare Stadium’s turnstile operators.

Said Chase, whose capture by the South Yorkshire club represents a promotion gamble:

“I’ve been out a while but I’m working hard on my fitness and looking forward to giving the lads a lift at the business end of the season.”


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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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