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‘This should give us a lot more confidence’ — Naylor

​SCOTT Naylor was, as you would expect, chuffed to bits at his side’s all-round performance in a 48-12 win against Whitehaven in the 1895 Cup.

It’s a new competition that is of special relevance to Roughyeds, given that the club was a founder member, in 1895, of the game we now know as Rugby League; that Royton-born Oldham official Joseph Platt was first secretary of the Northern Union back then; and that for a long time the breakaway professional body was run and administered from Joseph Platt’s offices in Queen Street, Oldham.

It was important to the club, and in memory of those early pioneers, that we made a fist of our entry in the 1895 Cup and in the presence of the RFL’s chief executive officer Ralph Rimmer we did exactly that.

Said Scott:

“I was really pleased with the performance. We were very good in all departments, playing with drive, quality, intensity and scoring some good tries.

“We were good with the ball and tough in defence .

“We tried to move the ball around and play the game as it should be played. We just need a little bit more confidence, but that will come.

“We put 48 points on the side that’s top of Betfred League 1 and that should give us huge confidence for the rest of the season.

“We’ve got to kick on now and improve every week.”

His Whitehaven counterpart Gary Charlton was bitterly disappointed with his team’s performance and concluded that Roughyeds won well because they ran harder than the visitors, played the ball quicker and on the back of that won the collision and bossed the rucks.

He added:

“Defensively, we were way off. It just wasn’t us. There’s no excuse for defending as poorly as we did at the ruck.

“We’ll have to take a good, long look at ourselves, study the match video, sort things out on the training pitch and make sure we are ready to go like the real Whitehaven when we play our next match.”

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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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