Third now, but still the top scorers

​Newcastle Thunder’s 34-16 win against London Skolars at Kingston Park lifted the Geordie boys to second place and pushed us down to third in the mad scramble at the top of Betfred League 1.

It means our clash with Newcastle at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, August 11 in our next home game will be crucial in the continuing battle for first or second place.

Thunder are already advertising the game as one of their biggest in recent years and are planning to run coaches to Oldham in an attempt to get a large following at the Vestacare Stadium.

“The Thunder Army will be mobilising its support,”

claims the club.

“As a clash between the two nearest challengers to table-toppers Whitehaven, it’s a game that is shaping up to be absolutely pivotal in the title aspirations of both clubs.”

Though Roughyeds are now third they’re still the division’s top scorers, having amassed a total of 488 points to Newcastle’s 487!

There was a shock in the other Betfred League 1 game today when West Wales Raiders beat Coventry Bears 44-16 in Llanelli to chalk up their first win of the season.

Tomorrow’s games are North Wales Crusaders v Doncaster and Workington Town v Keighley Cougars.

With five games remaining, Oldham go to London Skolars on Saturday, August 3 and then play two crucial home games against Newcastle on Sunday, August 11 and Doncaster on Sunday, August 18.

They bring the regular season to a close with successive away games at Coventry on September 1 and Hunslet on September 8.

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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