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Big-game fitness checks for Smith, Spencer

Departing head coach Scott Naylor would love to say farewell with a second promotion in his seven seasons at Oldham.

Victory on Sunday for third-placed Roughyeds against second-placed Newcastle Thunder would edge him closer to his dream send-off when his current contract runs out at the end of the season.

Roughyeds expect their biggest crowd of the campaign for this one and the soon-to-leave boss is banking on key forwards Jack Spencer and new-boy Ed Smith proving their fitness ahead of kick-off.

Spencer was hurt in the first half of last week’s 15-14 win at London Skolars and went off never to return.

Smith, on debut and playing his first game in two years after two reconstructions of the same knee, was impressive off the bench, but felt some discomfort afterwards.

Both were in for treatment on Tuesday night, after which Naylor said he was hopeful that both would make it for weekend.

Of Spencer, he said: “Jack took a big knock and suffered a lot of nerve pain in his hip. He was a lot better from Saturday to Tuesday so we’re hoping he will be ready to go by the end of the week.”

He said of Smith:

“In view of what he’s been through in the last couple of years he was never going to emerge from his first game back feeling on top of the world and without a twinge.

“His big test will come on Thursday night when he has a full training session, but we’re hopeful for him and very positive, as is he.

“He played very well indeed in his first outing for us, proving without doubt that if he comes through this challenge he’s going to be a top forward for us in the all-important games that lie ahead.”

Though there were “a few niggles” among the rest of the squad everyone apart from Spencer and Smith was ready to go and looking forward to going head to head with the biggest spenders in the division.

Seven wins in a row have taken Thunder to within three points of leaders Whitehaven with a game in hand, but if Roughyeds can pull it off they will leapfrog the Tynesiders, go second and enhance their chances of giving the boss the farewell he craves.

It’s going to be a biggie, handled by Aussie referee Matt Rossleigh.


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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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