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‘We didn’t reach our usual levels — Naylor

​SCOTT Naylor felt his injury-weakened side failed to reach the squad’s usual levels of performance in a 24-12 defeat by Doncaster in the new AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

He fielded a much-changed side that included on -loan debut maker Harry Aaronson on the wing in his first game for the club after arriving from Swinton Lions.

Regulars Kyran Johnson, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Zack McComb, Dave Hewitt, Emmerson Whittel, Danny Langtree and Danny Bridge were all sidelined.

Oldham were in the game at 6-6 until midway through the second half when Doncaster scored three converted tries in six minutes to book their passage into the last eight.

It ended a run of four wins on the spin for Roughyeds who must now regroup for next Sunday’s return to Betfred League 1 action at Doncaster.

“We’re not looking for, or making excuses, but our main goal this season is to finish top of the league. We don’t want to fight our way through the play-offs if we can avoid it,”

said full-back Ritchie Hawkyard.

Naylor said: “I’m disappointed with the result, obviously. We didn’t reach the levels we’ve been hitting recently and that’s another disappointment.

“It might be due to the amount of disruption we had because of all our injuries or to the fact that a few of the lads were playing their first games for a few weeks.

“We let in some easy tries which isn’t like us and in the first 25 minutes we conceded a lot of penalties (6-2 penalty count in Donny’s favour at one stage), which I find astonishing.

“Anyway, we’ll go again against the same opponents next week, this time in the league, when we’ll be seeking the points to get us as far up the table as we possibly can.”

Kyran Johnson, meanwhile, has revealed that he won’t need surgery on his broken jaw and he could be back in six weeks.

He was injured when rising to collect a high ball in the 52-12 win at Keighley.

Winger Johnson said: “I remember jumping and challenging for the ball, but I don’t know what happened next. I just recall falling to the ground in a lot of pain.”

He went to hospital in Wakefield, but from there was sent to Leeds, where he was kept in overnight for observation.

He added;

“I was examined early on the Sunday morning and was told I wouldn’t need surgery because my teeth were still properly positioned and hadn’t been affected.

“I was assured that everything else would else naturally and that I could be ready for contact again within six to eight weeks.”

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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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