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Johnson back in full training after 7-week injury absence

KYRAN Johnson, who suffered a broken jaw at Keighley seven weeks go, is back in full training and may be considered for Oldham RL Club’s key clash with North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The young Yorkshireman, full-back or wing, provides coach Scott Naylor with some rare good news on the injury front at a time when he has had several players nursing knocks of one kind or another.

Each of the 17 who were on duty in last Sunday’s 16-10 defeat in the top-of-the-table clash at Whitehaven came through unscathed.

Of those who didn’t play at the Recreation Ground, Johnson has the best chance of returning to the scene although Naylor hasn’t ruled out players like Paul Crook, Ben Calland, Ben Davies and Anthony Bowman.

“I’m banking on having a few more players to choose from,”

said Naylor, who will be anxiously waiting for the results of scans on Bowman and Davies while waiting also to see how Calland’s damaged toe reacts to a tough test at training tonight (Thurs).

The only player definitely ruled out is long-standing injury victim Aaron Jones-Bishop, who won’t play again this season because of a serious knee injury.

Naylor wasn’t impressed with how his troops fared in last Sunday’s top-two loss in Cumbria, but he is hoping for a positive reaction this weekend.

He said:

“We should have been top now, instead of third, but I’m hoping it will make a difference this week, having more players from whom to choose.”

Although just outside the play-offs. Crusaders are one of the form teams of the division, having won their last three games against Whitehaven, Keighley and Workington.

They have three or four former Oldham players in their ranks, among them Steve Roper, Kenny Hughes, Dave Eccleston and Matty Reid, but clever hooker Hughes is serving a two-match ban and won’t be available.

A win would lift Roughyeds back to second place with five games left of the regular season.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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