Quiet before the storm

​WITH one exception, Oldham hope to have a clean bill of health by the time they emerge from their current break to play London Skolars in the capital on Saturday, August 3 (3pm kick-off).

The odd man out is winger Aaron Jones-Bishop, who is waiting for a knee reconstruction and won’t play again this season.

Kyran Johnson, another winger, is back in full training after suffering a broken jaw at Keighley Cougars at the end of May.

Prop Ben Davies and play-anywhere Anthony Bowman are currently sidelined with back and knee injuries respectively but head coach Scott Naylor is hoping both could be ready to play again by the time Roughyeds head south early next month.

If they are, the Roughyeds boss will have 24 players at his disposal for the five-match final run-in.

Backs: Johnson, McComb, Holmes, Hawkyard, Hewitt, Crook, Brook, Kershaw, Bowman, Maders, Aaronson, Leeming.

Forwards: Joy, Owen, Law, Calland, Whittel, Spencer, Langtree, Davies, Greenwood, Wilkinson, Bent, Bridge.

The players are currently experiencing the quiet before the storm, enjoying a few days off before going into battle in the five remaining games against London (away), Newcastle Thunder (home), Doncaster (home), Coventry Bears (away) and Hunslet (away).

Of those five, four are presently in the play-off zone and three have already beaten Roughyeds once this season.

Said Naylor:

“It’s going to be tough and we’ll need all the players we can muster.

“There’s a lot of rugby to be played yet and there will be a few twists and turns before the final positions are known.”

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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

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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