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Wilkinson, Joy back in 19-man squad

​PROP Phil Joy and hooker Matty Wilkinson are back in Oldham’s 19-man squad for the big 1895 Cup tie at the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (Sunday), kick-off 3pm.

Out go Ben Calland, who was 18th man last week, and Frazer Morris, the on-loan young prop who has gone back to Halifax.

Wilkinson, who suffered concussion against London Skolars on March 24, has played only one game in the last four, but has now been cleared to resume.

Joy is back for Morris in a squad that includes 16 of last week’s 17, plus Wilkinson, Joy and another prop, Ben Davies.

Whitehaven, tomorrow’s visitors, have lost their last five games against Oldham and they last beat Roughyeds away from home in May, 2012.

They are currently top of Betfred League 1 and are unbeaten since their 36-12 defeat at the Vestacare Stadium in the second league game of the season on February 24.

Oldham boss Scott Naylor has named the following 19:

Bent, Bridge, Crook, Davies, Greenwood, Gwaze, Hawkyard, Hewitt, Holmes, Johnson, Joy, Langtree, Law, Maders, McComb, Owen, Spencer, Whittel, Wilkinson.

The four League 1 winners from the first round will join the 12 English-based Championship clubs in the draw for round two, which will be streamed live on Our League and the RFL’s Facebook page from 6pm on Sunday.

The final will be at Wembley as a double-header with the Coral Challenge Cup on Saturday, August 24, to which the Oldham club is running a trip, details to be announced soon.

Like all cup-ties, tomorrow’s game is a shared gate. all-pay game.

Adults standing £14; concessions £12; under-16s £2.
Adults sitting £16, concessions £14; under-16s £5.

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Rochdale Hornets have confirmed the departure of player-coach Mark Forster and the appointments of Matt Calland as head coach, Dave Larder as assistant coach and Martin Hall as director of rugby.



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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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