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Spencer, Hawkyard out through injury

​JACK Spencer and Ritchie Hawkyard, who picked up injuries in Oldham’s win at Workington Town last week, are out of Sunday’s home game against West Wales Raiders.

Prop Spencer seriously damaged a finger while full-back Hawkyard, who scored the match-clinching try near the end, damaged a calf muscle.

Given that Kyran Johnson has only just resumed light training after suffering a broken jaw at Keighley on May 25, coach Scott Naylor will be without a recognised full-back so he may go with centre Jack Holmes, who has occasionally played there in the past.

Half-back David Hewitt will be looking for his 100th senior game, having made 86 appearances for Oldham and 13 for Sheffield Eagles.

Despite sharing the goal-kicking duties this year with Paul Crook, Hewitt appears in both goals and points columns in the Betfred League 1 scoring lists.

He is fifth with 33 goals behind Carl Forber of Workington 46, Reece Dean of Hunslet 43, Benn Hardcastle of Keighley Cougars 41 and Neil Thorman of London Skolars 40.

Points: Hardcastle 102, Dean 98, Jake Moore (Whitehaven) 94, Forber 92, Hewitt 86.

Zack McComb is joint fourth in the try-scoring list with nine behind Gareth Potts of Hunslet 16, Ben Heaton of Hunslet 11, Lewis Young of Newcastle Thunder 10.

This weekend’s games in Betfred League 1: Coventry Bears v Doncaster, London Skolars v Whitehaven, Newcastle Thunder v Workington Town, North Wales Crusaders v Keighley
Cougars, OLDHAM v West Wales Raiders.

Oldham Connection

THE Oldham v West Wales Raiders game will be a special one for the Cowburn family of Oldham.

Oldham-born Phil, a West Wales player, was brought up at Watersheddings as the son of a lifelong Oldham fan.

He was an Oldham ball-boy when Roughyeds played Widnes in a final at Spotland in 2001 for the right to go up to Super League.

His father George, said to be ‘an Oldham fan with statistics at his finger tips’ writes a weekly column in Roughyed Review, the club’s match-day magazine.

Phil moved to Gloucester for his higher education and signed for Gloucester All Golds.

Though settled and now working in Gloucester, he signed for Llanelli-based West Wales Raiders when the All Golds folded.

Talking of his son’s love of rugby league, he said:

“He travels more than 100 miles each way to train twice a week so he must like it.

“He’s spending this weekend with us at the family home in Thornham, so it will be quite a change for him, having to travel only a few miles to the Vestacare Stadium.”

Talking of travelling what about this ? Callum Mulkeen, another Raiders player who once turned out in several games for Roughyeds reserves, lives in Bury and regularly drive to Llanelli, plays the game, and then gets back in his car to drive home again!

That’s dedication for you!

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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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