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London first — then it’s ‘Awesome August’

​SCOTT Naylor has warned that before ‘Awesome August’, with its two crucial home games against Newcastle and Doncaster, his Oldham RL promotion pushers face an equally demanding contest in London this Saturday.

They travel to the New River Stadium (3pm kick-off) to play a London Skolars side that needs two points to climb back into the play-off five.

Oldham will be guaranteed a second-place position at the very least if they win each of their remaining five games.

That’s a tall order, but it’s the target nevertheless and for now Naylor is more concerned with what happens in North London on Saturday than with what’s to come later.

He doesn’t throw in the old “one game at a time” cliche, but in reality that’s how he view things when he’s chasing five wins from as many games.

He was a happy man at training on Tuesday night when everybody trained flat out apart from long-term injury victim Aaron Jones-Bishop.

Kyran Johnson, Ben Davies and Anthony Bowman, all of whom have been sidelined by injury recently, looked fine and ready to go.

“So long as nobody reports adverse reaction on Thursday night I’ll have practically a full squad available,”

said the Roughyeds boss.

He was at pains to point out, however, that this ‘first of the five’ will be just as challenging as Newcastle and Doncaster at home and Hunslet away.

He said:

“I know they’ve slipped from top to seventh in recent weeks, but they’ve had some tough games and they hit a poor run of form.

“Fundamentally, though, they are capable of regaining top form at the click of a switch. They’re big, strong, fit and athletic and their coach, Jermaine Coleman, likes to play good rugby, so they tend to throw the ball about.

“In beating them at home we played really well and to make it a double we’ll again have to be on our best form.”



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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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