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​SCOTT Naylor was understandably happy with both the result and the performance when his Roughyeds got their promotion push back on track with a 28-4 win against a plucky Keighley Cougars outfit at the Vestacare Stadium.

The Roughyeds’ head coach was looking for a much-improved showing after the 31-0 defeat at Doncaster and he certainly got that from a defensively hard-working Oldham side that was only seconds away from ‘nilling’ the Cougars when thy scored their only try of the game on the very last play.

Ben Davies made his 200th career appearance while on-loan Harry Aaronson, playing his third game for his home-town club, chalked up his 50th senior game, scored two tries and won the club’s Magic Moment award for his first try which was a solo effort from inside the Oldham half.

Throw in the huge success of the visit by the six children from Belarus with their local host families, all part of the Chernobyl Charity, and it was a good day all round for rugby league in the town.

The Past Players Association were there as sponsors, represented by Martin Murphy, Mike Elliott, Ray Hicks, Tony Finan, John Watkins, Paul Rennie and, all the way from Adelaide in Australia, Dennis ‘Butch’ Murray.

Left to right: John Watkins, Mike Elliott, Ray Hicks, Martin Murphy, Tony
Finan, Dennis ‘Butch’ Murray, all the way from Adelaide.

They saw a five-try Oldham performance on a weekend in which third-placed Roughyeds made up ground in the push to finish top thanks to Hunslet’s home defeat by Doncaster and Whitehaven’s loss at Newcastle.

Said Scott Naylor:

“Ours was a positive response to our poor performance at Doncaster the week before and I’m very happy about that and also at how well we did the basics on both attack and defence.

“We showed a lot more composure with the ball in hand and our defensive work was spot-on, especially when Keighley had blocks of back-to-back sets in the ten minutes before half-time and for quite long periods in the second half.

“We needed a good response and we certainly got it because we won well against a Keighley side that kept battling to the end and will surprise a few teams before the season is over.

“Despite our scores against them, 52-12 and 28-4, I’m certainly glad we’ve got them out of the way because they’ve a lot of enthusiasm and they’re going to get better as time goes on.

“As for us we’ve always had the right attitude and the desire, even in the game at Doncaster, but it was our execution, ball control and defence that let us down and we went a long way in this latest win against Keighley to putting it right.

“We’ve got to build on this now when we go up to Workington on Sunday and seek some consistency because that’s been another aspect of our season up to now that needs improving.”

The only injury reported from the Keighley game was dual-reg forward Nick Gregson’s concussion which caused his departure for a head test midway through the second half.



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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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