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Great to be back — Kershaw

​LEE Kershaw’s wonder try heralded the Wakefield winger’s return to Roughyeds on loan and earned him the club’s Magic Moment award.

It came in the 28th minute of Oldham’s 46-30 win against North Wales Crusaders, which elevated Roughyeds back to second place in Betfred League 1.

Minutes earlier Danny Bridge had put the home side in front for the first time and it was from the restart kick that Kershaw charged on to the ball at top speed, went round ex-Oldham man Dave Eccleston on the outside and hared off up the touchline.

Crusaders full-back Dante Morley-Samuels, a winger by trade, covered across but “Kersh” stood him up and then accelerated up the touchline a second time to leave the full-back stranded.

Lee Kershaw

“It was a marvellous try,” said Roughyeds coach Scott Naylor. “It was why we wanted Lee back. He’s not just a finisher. He works hard too. And as Danny Bridge had gone in immediately before ‘Kersh’ it gave us back-to-back tries, which is something we don’t do all that often.”

Kershaw said:

“I saw a bit of space outside their winger. I knew it was a bit risky to go on the outside but I thought I’d go for it anyway.

“Then I saw the winger coming across and my first thought was to play safe and take the tackle.

“But then I thought he gave me enough space to go for it so I thought I’d give it a go.

“It was a great feeling to score a try like that in my first game back. It was good to be back.”

Two-try Ritchie Hawkyard won the man-of-the-match award and gave a strong hint that this would be his last season before retirement.

He added:

“It would be great to win promotion. All the lads here believe we’re the best team in this division, but we’ve still to prove it I know.

“We’ve five games left now and we’ll be taking them one at a time to see where they take us.

“We’re aiming for first or second and if we finish second we’ll have a good chance in the play-offs.”

Talking about the North Wales game, Naylor said:

“Crusaders were fired up after winning a few games in a row and they came determined to beat us.

“We did a lot of good things in the first half when we established control of the game.

“We spoke at half-time about building on that and gaining even more control, but it never happened because we lost our way a bit, made too many mistakes in yardage sets and gave our opponents too much good field position.”



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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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