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Kershaw back and ready for action

​WINGER Lee Kershaw is back on loan at Oldham and is expected to go straight into the side to face in-form North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Having spent much of the season back with his parent club, Wakefield Trinity, and having played in Super League, 21-year-old Kershaw will link up again with Roughyeds at this Saturday morning’s Captain’s Run.

In his early-season loan appearances for Scott Naylor’s men, Kershaw proved a big hit and a match-winner — no more so than at Wrexham where his long-range interception try late in the game turned a tough contest on its head and rescued Roughyeds from a tight corner.

He was missed when injury-hit Trinity recalled him, but with six games left in Betfred League 1’s regular season he will have plenty of opportunities to get the fans roaring for him again.

Interestingly, he looks like kick-starting his Oldham days against the side whose hearts he broke on a cold, wet day in Wrexham last March.

Scott Naylor’s men came from well behind to snatch a 16-14 win in the last few minutes and although Kershaw’s try wasn’t the match-winner it was definitely the one that gave Roughyeds the impetus to set them on their way.

“It’s great news to have Lee back,” said Naylor.

“He was one of our best players before Trinity recalled him. His attitude towards the game, towards Oldham and towards his loan spell with us was fantastic.

“It was great to see him get a crack in Super League with Trinity and we know its only a matter of time before he’ll be back there.

“But in the meantime if we can give him regular football and he can help us in the key games that are coming up we’re on a winner all round.”

He hopes Kershaw’s capture won’t be the last as Roughyeds look ahead to the last six games and a neck-and-neck push for the title and, with it, automatic promotion.

If top spot is unattainable there’s lots of advantages to be had from finishing second and earning the best possible chance in the play-offs.

Added the Oldham boss: “At this time of year you can’t have enough players. Every game will be like a cup tie. Last week, for example, we didn’t have enough forwards for the trip to Whitehaven.”

Anthony Bowman (knee) and Ben Davies (back) are likely to be sidelined again this weekend, Bowman because the birth of his baby daughter prevented him having a scan.

Davies had his scan only last night so it might be considered too soon to get him on the field again.

Said Naylor:

“Heartiest congratulations go to Anthony and his wife on the birth of their daughter.

“Kyran Johnson is desperate to play after missing the last seven weeks with a broken jaw. Having said that, he wanted to play after one week out. His attitude is spot-on.

“If he were to play this week it could be a week soon, so we’ll have to wait and see,”

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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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