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Naylor keen to strengthen in fight to the finish

WITH the top-two battle at Whitehaven on Sunday followed by six more “toughies” in a nail-biting fight to finish first, Oldham boss Scott Naylor has revealed that he is keen to strengthen his squad before the signing deadline.

Four of the seven fight-to-the-finish games are away from home and five of the teams involved, like Oldham, are scrapping for the Betfred League 1 title and, with it, automatic promotion to the Championship.

Oldham go into battle with this tough programme:

  • July 7, Whitehaven away
  • July 14, Norh Wales Crusaders home
  • August 3 (Saturday), London Skolars away
  • August 11, Newcastle Thunder, home
  • August 18, Doncaster home
  • September 1, Coventry Bears away
  • September 8, Hunslet away.

Like Oldham, most of their rivals for end-of-season glory are struggling with injuries and are looking to strengthen.

Currently on the Roughyeds casuaty list are Aaron Jones-Bishop, who won’t play again all season, plus Kyran Johnson, Ritche Hawkyard, Ben Calland, Jack Spencer, Ben Davies, Liam Bent and Anthony Bowman.

Said head coach Naylor:

“I’m trying to sort out some dual-reg additions and bring in more people.

“That doesn’t necessarily restrict me to dual-reg. There are loan men out there and actual signings.

“We have a lot of faith in our own ability and we think we’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season if we continue to play well and to the best of our ability,

“We know Whitehaven will be a tough side to beat at home, but North Wales beat them a fortnight ago and if the Crusaders can do it so can we. It will be essential though that we complete our sets when we have the ball and defend well when they have it.

“We have done well against the Cumbrian sides in recent times and there’s no reason why we can’t keep it going.”

He expected Hawkyard to be fit for Sunday but Davies( back) and Bowman (knee) needed scans to get to the bottom of their troubles.

Haven expect their first 1,000 gate of the year.



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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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