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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.”


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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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