Fasten your safety belts for the Big Dipper

​RARELY has a business end to a season thrown up as many fascinating positional possibilities as those that will be unveiled over the next few weeks in rugby league’s Betfred League 1.

Take Oldham as an example. They’ve five games left and three of them are against opponents who, like Roughyeds, are still hopeful of a top-two finish.

The winners get promoted, the runners-up have massive advantages in a five-club play-off that will provide a second side to go up to the Championship.

Oldham’s home games against Newcastle and Doncaster, inspired by Rangi Chase, will be crucial on August 11 and 18 respectively and if games like that can’t pack numbers into the Vestacare Stadium then none will.

There are many others of equal significance around the league.

Leaders Whitehaven have still to go to Hunslet and have still to play deadly rivals Workington at home in 80 minutes of derby-day rugby that has the potential to produce anything.

The Hunslet-Oldham game on the last day of the regular season could have heaps riding on it.

The Oldham game apart, Newcastle look to have the easiest run-in under the directorship of Denis Betts and the coaching of Simon Finnigan, but nothing can be taken for granted.

The one sure thing is this; it’s going to be one heck of a battle over the next few weeks so sit back, fasten your safety belts, and enjoy the Big Dipper of Betfred League 1 between now and play-off promotion final day on October 6.

Clubs with a realistic chance of aiming high and going up have these to play:

  • WHITEHAVEN (23 points): Hunslet (a), Workington (h), Keighley (a), West Wales Raiders (h), Coventry (a).
  • NEWCASTLE (21 points): West Wales (a), OLDHAM (a), Coventry (h), North Wales Crusaders (h), Keighley (a).
  • OLDHAM (20 points): London Skolars (a), Newcastle (h), Doncaster (h), Coventry (a), Hunslet (a).
  • DONCASTER (18 points): — only four, London Skolars (h), OLDHAM (a), Keighley (h), Workington (a).
  • HUNSLET (18 points): six here — Whitehaven (h), North Wales Crusaders (h), Keighley (a), London Skolars (a), Workington (h), OLDHAM (h).
  • WORKINGTON TOWN (16 points), only four — Whitehaven (a), West Wales Raiders (h), Hunslet (a), Doncaster (h).
  • LONDON SKOLARS (15 points), only four — OLDHAM (h), Doncaster (a), Hunslet (h), North Wales Crusaders (a).

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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