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Struggling Town sent to Coventry!

​COVENTRY Bears come to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (May 19, 3pm) buoyed by a terrific 41-30 win at home against Workington Town, one of the pre-match favourites for promotion.

Having recently parted company with Leon Pryce as head coach and appointed Chris Thorman as his successor, the Cumbrians were anxious to kick-start their Betfred League 1 campaign after a faltering few weeks.

They went to the Midlands with a strong team which included Ryan Fieldhouse at full-back, Jamie Doran at stand-off, a front-row of Oliver Wilkes, Sean Penkywicz and Fuifui MoiMoi and Danny Tickle at loose-forward.

They were in a for a shock, however, when a Coventry team of “fast, fit and well-trained young players” — their own description — stormed into a 28-8 interval lead.

At centre, the home side played Kam Pearce-Paul, who once had a brief stay on loan with Roughyeds while on loan from London Broncos.

They also fielded two Australians in man-of-the-match scrum-half Nick Newman and hooker Mitch Shaw, both from Queensland.

In the only other Betfred League 1 game of the weekend, London Skolars pipped North Wales Crusaders 19-18 to go joint top with Whitehaven on 11 points but with an inferior for-and-against difference.

Oldham remain fourth on eight points with the best attacking record and the third-best defensive stats.

Fans are being asked to donate tinned or long-life packaged foods to Oldham Foodbank, which will have a collection station inside the ground.

The Foodbank is particularly in need of tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, tinned rice puddings, jams and all types of toiletries.

“We’ve formed links with the Foodbank to do our bit for the community and we’re asking fans to bring something with them to the Coventry game as a donation,”

said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Weekend results:

Coral Challenge Cup (sixth round): Hull FC 28, Castleford Tigers 12; Wakefield Trinity 26, Widnes Vikings 6; Dewsbury Rams 6, Halifax 34; Catalans Dragons 62, Doncaster 6; Salford Red Devils 18, Hull KR 32; Bradford Bulls 24, Leeds Rhinos 22; Warrington Wolves 26, Wigan Warriors 24; Huddersfield Giants 16, St Helens 22.

Betfred Championship: Rochdale Hornets 18, York City Knights 24.
Betfred League 1: Coventry Bears 41, Workington Town 30; London Skolars 19, North Wales Crusaders 18.

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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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