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Oldham’s first-half excellence — NAYLOR

​SCOTT Naylor spoke of his side’s “first-half excellence” in his post-match media interview about Oldham’s 34-18 win over Coventry Bears.

It was the Roughyeds’ third win in a row since they were beaten at home by Hunslet at Easter and in those three matches they’ve averaged more than nine tries a game.

Naylor more or less kept the same side although he rested tackling-machine Liam Bent and pulled in Ben Calland for Phil Joy, who was given the weekend off to enjoy his eldest brother Craig’s wedding.

In a positional change he gave young prop Titus Gwaze a start at loose-forward and the on-loan Wakefield Trinity man obliged by winning the champagne-moment award for an exquisite pass in the tackle which provided Dave Hewitt with the first of the Roughyeds’ six tries.

Gwaze, who had only played academy rugby before coming to Oldham, said:

“I thought it would be proper easy here until I played my first match.

“I’m learning a lot — I like it here and I want to thank you for having me.”

Man-of-the match Danny Langtree, who scored two tries, said:

“Coventry deserve a lot of credit for the game they gave us but since we lost to Hunslet we seem to be getting better and better.
“Hopefully, we can keep that going.”

Club chairman Chris Hamilton said of Langtree:

“He’s a top player but he’s more than that; he sets an example to those around him.”

Naylor said of this latest win:

“I’m very pleased. In the first half we were excellent in all areas of the game.

“We were relentless in attack and defence. We made very few mistakes which enabled us to put them under a lot of pressure.

“It was that pressure which finally took its toll and enabled us to score four tries in the second quarter of the game.

“Coventry are not the team they once were. They are extremely fit, strong, well coached and very determined — a credit, in fact, to all the club.

“They’ll definitely give other teams in our division a good run when they go down to their place. They’re a credit, as a club, for how far they’ve come in such a relatively short space of time.

“As for us, we need to continue to play like this and to continue our momentum. If we can do that we’ll be a very tough team to beat.”



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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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