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Set completion down to ‘two or three’ — Naylor

​DESCRIBING Oldham’s 31-0 loss at Doncaster as “embarrassing”, Roughyeds head coach Scott Naylor revealed that his side completed no more than two or three sets in the entire game.

Naylor’s men went into the game with the best ‘points for’ record in the division and one of the best ‘points against’ figures.

Determined, dashing Donny tore those statistics to shreds and produced, with such a wide margin of victory, one of the upsets of the season so far.

Like fans and everyone else associated with the Oldham club, team boss Naylor was hugely displeased.

He said:

“The scoreline is embarrassing. Doncaster are a good team and are difficult to beat at home, but I didn’t start this season with the squad we have expecting to lose by a margin like this no matter who we were playing.

“We made handling errors and coughed up possession whenever we got in their half and we completed no more than two or three sets in the entire game.

“When that happens you’ve got to defend well, but we neither controlled possession nor defended well and that’s extremely disappointing.

“The lads themselves are really disappointed at the outcome of the game.

“This season never ceases to amaze me. Not just at Oldham but throughout the division you never know what’s going to happen from one week to the next.

“Although we didn’t play well last week (beaten 24-12 by Doncaster at home in the 1895 Cup), I thought we had turned a corner in the league.

“We had a few players back today and I thought we would be okay. Whatever the result, I thought there would be one score in it at the most.

“We trained well last week and we were confident going into the game. It was an opportunity to put right the wrongs of the cup defeat by the same opponents, but we did more wrongs than rights so it didn’t happen.

“We’ve now got a lot of hard work and soul-searching to do.

“A lot of people need to look in the mirror and decide what they want to get out of this season.”

Roughyeds start the second half of the league campaign with a home game against Keighley Cougars at the Vestacare Stadium next Sunday, June 16, 3pm kick-off.


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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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