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Newcastle aim for second spot

​NEWCASTLE Thunder can go second and push Oldham into third place in Betfred League 1 if they beat London Skolars today (Saturday) at Kingston Park.

Rarely have Roughyeds fans wanted Skolars to win a game as much as this one, but the in-form North-Easterners will be strong favourites as they bid to win their sixth game in a row.

Said hooker Keal Carlile, formerly of Featherstone Rovers:

“Skolars are one of the best and biggest teams in the division so if we aren’t on our game it will be a dogfight.

“League 1 is hard. It’s not as fast or as flowing as the Championship, but you’ve got big blokes powering down the middle at you and it’s tough, really tough.”

Oldham, who have two free weekends, catch their breath after a run of nine weeks in a row without a break.

They’ve not had a free weekend since May 12 and since then they’ve played eight league games, winning six, plus an 1895 Cup game against Doncaster.

Since leaving the field after beating North Wales Crusaders on July 14 they’ve been given time off until this Thursday, July 25, which then gives them ten days to prepare for their next match at London Skolars on Saturday, August 3 (3pm kick-off).

They will be one day short of three weeks between games and only time will tell whether that will be a positive, giving players plenty of rest and time to shake off bump and bruises, or a negative in terms of breaking from routine.

After the trip to London come Oldham’s two remaining home games against Newcastle and Doncaster on August 11 and 18.

They will be on successive Sundays at the Vestacare Stadium and will give Scott Naylor’s men an opportunity to avenge defeats by both these teams on their grounds earlier in the campaign.

Throw Rangi Chase into the mix when Doncaster come here in the final home game of the regular season on August 18 and fans will recognise that August 11 and 18 are diary dates of real significance.

Roughyeds have won six of their eight home league games so far, beating Whitehaven, London Skolars, Coventry Bears, Keighley Cougars, West Wales Raiders and North Wales Crusaders.

Their two home defeats were to Workington on the opening day of the season back in February and to Hunslet on Good Friday.

Their three away defeats were at Newcastle, Doncaster and Whitehaven , but they will be keen to avoid more away-day blues at Skolars — and then come those cracking home games against Thunder and Doncaster.

For the time being, however, all eyes will be on Thunder’s game against Skolars today.

The home side’s 19-man squad includes Lewis Young, who has been out injured since a dramatic 19-18 win at Doncaster in June, and Leeds Rhinos youngster Muizz Mutapha, who has joined Thunder on a four-week loan.



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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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