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Oldham due for a win at the Keepmoat Stadium

​HAVING won at Keighley for the first time in eight visits on their last away trip, Oldham will be determined to get another monkey off their back in Sunday’s clash with Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium. kick-off 5.30pm.

The match will be shown live on Our League so that’s another reason for Roughyeds fans who haven’t already done so to sign up for this specialist rugby league app.

Oldham’s last win at the Keepmoat Stadium was way back in 2010 and since then they’ve lost three games on a ground which Scott Naylor believes is a great venue for rugby league.

“It’s a tough place to go, but a very nice venue with massive changing rooms and an excellent pitch,”

said the Oldham boss, adding that Doncaster’s 24-12 win at the Vestacare Stadium in the 1895 Cup last week would be “totally irrelevant.”

It was the South Yorkshire side’s fourth win in their last five games against Roughyeds, including a 46-22 triumph at what was then Whitebank in 2012 and last week’s cup win on the same ground.

Sunday’s league game will be massively important for both clubs, given that third-placed Oldham have set their sights on finishing top and Doncaster desperately need two points to keep them on track for play-offs qualification.

It’s also their last game at the Keepmoat until August with their next two home games against Whitehaven and Newcastle taking place at Featherstone.

Oldham are determined to reach the half-way point of the Betfred League 1 campaign on a high, but there are still doubts about Danny Langtree, Danny Bridge, Anthony Bowman and Zack McComb.

Of that talented quartet only Bowman played last week, while David Hewitt and Emmerson Whittel were also excluded.

Said Naylor:

“A few of the lads will be subject to late tests, but we know we can play a lot better than we did last Sunday and there will probably be some changes in the team.

“One of the good things about playing the same opponents twice on successive weekends is that if you lose the first one you get an early chance to put things right.”

The next three games will be important ones in the Roughyeds promotion ambitions — Doncaster away; Keighley Cougars at home (June 16) and Workington away (June 23).


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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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