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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.



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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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