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Joy back in contention after ‘best man’ duties

BIG prop Phil Joy will be back in contention for Oldham RL Club’s tough challenge in Cumbria on Sunday after missing last week’s win against Keighley Cougars because he was best man at the wedding of one of his three brothers.

It was the third game he has missed in the last few weeks because of major family commitments — the birth of his first son and then the weddings of two of his brothers.

Said head coach Scott Naylor; “He was his brother’s best man the day before we played Keighley. He said he’d stick to soft drinks and play but it’s not every day your brother gets married or you have the chance to be best man.

“These lads are not full-time professionals after all so I insisted he put his family duties first because I thought that was the right thing to do.”

Nick Gregson, a young forward from Leigh Centurions, played as a substitute on dual registration but suffered concussion and is now undergoing the RFL’s head-injury protocol regarding treatment and tests.

Roughyeds won’t know until later whether he will be available for Sunday’s game at Workington Town (3pm kick-off), which will be played at the Borough Park home of Workington FC because the pitch at Derwent Park — situated close by just across the road from the football ground — is being repaired and upgraded.

Gregson apart, Roughyeds came unscathed through their 28-4 win against Cougars so Naylor will have a squad of 21 players from whom to choose plus anyone that might be available to him on dual-reg from Leigh.

Workington were considered to be one of the promotion favourites when the bookies formulated their pre-season odds, but they have won only six of their 11 games to date and are down in sixth place.

However, they are only two points behind third-placed Oldham, whom they beat 32-28 in a thriller at the Vestacare Stadium on the opening day of the league season on February 17.

After that , early-season results went against Town and their high-profile coach Leon Pryce, who was sacked and replaced by Chris Thorman, the former England and Huddersfield Giants half-back.

Three Oldham players, Jack Spencer, Gareth Owen and Ritchie Hawkyard were under scrutiny last week by the RFL’s match review panel for offences committed in the 31-0 defeat at Doncaster.

Spencer (dangerous contact) wasn’t charged and in the cases of the other two, who were sin-binned for pushing, spells in the bin were considered to be enough punishment.
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The bucket collection for Chernobyl Children at the Keighley game raised £263-32. Roughyeds and the Oldham Link of the national charity concerned both wish to give grateful thanks to all who contributed.



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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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