'Crusaders will come with all guns blazing'

​OLDHAM head coach Scott Naylor is preparing his Roughyeds side to do battle with a North Wales Crusaders outfit that will come to the Vestacare Stadium “with all guns blazing.”

The Welshmen, based in Wrexham, are one of the form teams of Betfred League 1, having beaten leaders Whitehaven on their own turf before recording back-to-back home wins against Keighley Cougars and Workington Town.

It was in the Keighley game that Kenny Hughes was charged with dangerous contact and ultimately received a two-match ban.

It will keep him sidelined against his former club and his best pal (Danny Langtree), but Crusaders will still have FOUR former Roughyeds in their squad, namely Dave Eccleston, Matt Reid, Steve Roper and Alex Thompson.

Said Naylor:

“Crusaders will come expecting to win and possessing no fear whatsoever. That’s what happens when you string a number of wins together.

“They should have beaten us at their place and they’ll remember that even though it was very early in the season.

“We’ll have to play well and match them, at the very least, in key components of the game like defending well, completing sets and not conceding penalties.

“We’ve no easy games from now to the end of the season so we’ve got to be on our mettle.

“North Wales will make formidable opponents. They’ll have a real dig.”

Crusaders have Kenny Baker, Lewis Fairhurst and Steven Wild unavailable as well as Kenny Hughes.

Alex Acklin and Alex Thompson are called into the squad.

CRUSADERS (from): Ashall, Atherton, Brennan, Eccleston, Eckley, Gregory, Hazzard, Houghton, Hurst, Massam, Marcey-Samuel, Reid, Roper, Smith, Stead, Reid, Roper, A Thompson, W Thompson, Walker.

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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

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.

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