Mad scramble at the top of Betfred League 1

IT’S not over yet, but our hopes of going up automatically as Betfred League 1 champions look even tougher after a hard-fought top-two clash at Whitehaven, which the Cumbrians won 16-10.

We led 10-8 with nine minutes left, but Oldham hopes of leap-frogging the Cumbrians into top spot were dashed when home full-back Jordan Burns scored a late try, added the goal and then kicked a penalty to see Haven home.

Scott Naylor’s men are now in third place, three points behind Whitehaven and one behind Newcastle Thunder, who have still to come to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, August 11.

Our six remaining games in the regular season are as follows:

  • This Sunday, July 14, North Wales Crusaders (home), 3pm (plus Junior Take-Over day and a visit by the State of Mind Sport team).
  • Saturday, August 3, London Skolars (away), 3pm.
  • Sunday, August 11, Newcastle Thunder (home), 3pm.
  • Sunday, August 18, Doncaster (home), 3pm.
  • Sunday, September 1, Coventry Bears (away), 3pm.
  • Sunday, September 8, Hunslet (away), 3pm.

The champions go up automatically and the next five are in a play-off for a second promotion spot so there’s going to be a mad scramble to finish first or second, a runners-up spot that provides massive play-off advantages.

Each of Oldham’s remaining six games is now absolutely vital, starting with this Sunday’s clash with in-form North Wales Crusaders at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).
Up in Cumbria last Sunday, Roughyeds would have leapfrogged Haven into top spot if they had beaten them at the Recreation Ground and with a 6-0 lead at half-time things were looking good.

A try by prop Scott Law, goaled by Dave Hewitt, gave them their interval advantage, but they badly needed to consolidate in the second half and the worst happened when the home side drew level in their first attack.

Roughyeds failed to defuse a bomb and Dave Thompson scored a try which Connor Holliday improved before adding a penalty goal for an 8-6 lead.

Soon afterwards he was taken off with suspected heat stroke and Jordan Burns took over as marksman, a forced change which was ultimately to prove decisive.

Oldham struck back on the hour when a try by Zack McComb, the result of three back-to-back sets, restored the visitors’ lead at 10-8.

With nine minutes remaining Oldham were still in front, but it was that man Burns who was to emerge a Cumbrian hero with the match-winning try that broke Oldham hearts and severely dented their top-prize ambitions.

His try, conversion and late penalty goal put a hard-fought game to bed and pushed Roughyeds down to third place with six games to play.

Oldham scorers — goal, Hewitt; tries, Law, McComb.

Team: Hawkyard; Aaronson, McComb, Leeming, Holmes; Brook, Hewitt; Joy, Owen, Law, Bridge, Langtree, Bent. Subs: Spencer, Whittel, Wilkinson, Greenwood.

Pens: 9-5; half-time, 0-6; att: 1,101; referee: Tom Crashley.

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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