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.

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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