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.”

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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