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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.”


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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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