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Super Oldham cut Haven lead to one point

​THIRD in Betfred League 1, super Oldham cut Whitehaven’s lead to one point with a 26-16 win at Workington on the day the other West Cumbrians were pipped at the post by North Wales Crusaders.

“Few teams win at Workington so its a fantastic result for us,”

said delighted head coach Scott Naylor.

As news of Whitehaven’s last-gasp 24-22 defeat came through from five miles down the coast, what was already a good day for Oldham turned into a brilliant one, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

Top RFL official Ralph Rimmer watched in duplicate a terrible day for West Cumbrian rugby league, taking in the first half at Whitehaven and then dashing up the coast road to watch the second half at Workington.

At Borough Park, home of a football club that lives in the past and still revels in the exclusivity of the late, great Bill Shankly’s managerial brilliance on the first rungs of his ladder to the summit of football’s excellence, we saw the ingenuity of a rugby player who has many of the qualities that Shanks looked for when building his Anfield teams across the generations.

Surrounded by Shankly memorabilia in a lounge named in his memory, we talked post-match of Danny Langtree’s excellence on a day when Oldham really did look like Betfred League 1 champions in waiting.

‘Langers’, whose early sporting prowess was nurtured on the playing fields of Merseyside’s periphery in St Helens,, scored two tries; manufactured the all-important clincher for Ritchie Hawkyard; made two or three crucial tackles; and generally turned in a second-row master-class.

The ball might have been a different shape, but this was a Tommy Smith performance — and those of a certain age all know what Shanks thought of Anfield’s hard man.

David Hewitt scored the first of Oldham’s four tries and, for good measure, chipped in with five goals –four conversions and a penalty.



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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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