Bent in pre-match crash

​NO sooner had he sorted one pre-match problem at the Vestacare Stadium yesterday (Sun) than Oldham boss Scott Naylor was hit by another.

Forwards Liam Bent and Ben Davies were due to be on the bench in the Roughyeds’ 56-6 win against West Wales Raiders, but all that had to change when Naylor was told that Bent had been involved in a road accident en route to the game.

Paul Crook was called up to replace him, but by this time the players were on the field for their pre-game warm-up and Davies went down with a calf problem.

Club captain Gareth Owen, who was being rested, was on promotional work selling fund-raising tickets for the Supporters’ Club when he was told he was playing.

Roughyeds thus went into the game with one of their smallest ever panel of four subs in Crook, Owen, Emmerson Whittel and Jamie Greenwood.

Players had to play for long periods out of position, particularly Owen at loose-forward and Whittel at prop.

Said head coach Naylor:

“It was particularly important we won this one, given we go to Whitehaven next and if we win up there we’ll go top.

“We weren’t amazing, but we had a job to do and we got on with it and got it done.

“Luckily, Liam Bent was okay after the car accident. He rang in to say he would be late but I told him to go straight home and rest.

“You can often get delayed reaction after a bump like that and I want him fully fit for Whitehaven.

“We’ve got a few injury issues and I’ll have to sort them so that we can field our strongest side.”

In the past fortnight the Betfred League 1 leaders have seen their advantage whittled down to one point.”

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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