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Ed Smith out through injury

​ED Smith is out of Oldham’s Betfred League 1 clash against Coventry Bears at the home of Rugby Lions RUFC on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The former York back-row forward is suffering from a rib problem and the decision has already been taken to leave him out of the squad that will travel to the Warwickshire market town of Rugby where, according to legend, William Webb Ellis first “picked up the ball and ran” during a soccer match at Rugby School.

Zack McComb, Danny Bridge and Jack Spencer are also having treatment for knocks, but Smith is the only one ruled out so far.

Further checks will be made on Saturday morning but coach Scott Naylor has previously intimated that he will be making changes in the hope that everyone will be fit for next week’s game at Hunslet and then, in all probability, the play-offs.

Other news:

  • With two league games left and then the play-offs, Ritchie Hawkyard is three tries short of reaching a career 100. He scored one for Bradford, 50 for Swinton Lions, 34 for Keighley Cougars and 12 so far in his first season for Roughyeds.
  • Danny Langtree (2-2-2) and Matty Wilkinson (1-2-1) have each scored tries in the last three games against the Bears. Oldham have won all six previous games.
  • There’s a 30 per cent reduction on all remaining Roughyeds replicas and leisure wear. Ring 07904 898177 or drop into the club office Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am and 3pm.
  • The next ORSA quiz night will be next Thursday, September 5, in the sponsors suite, starting at 8pm. Entry into the quiz costs £1 and there’s a £200 jackpot on the night.
  • Betfred is to extend its sponsorship of the Championship and League 1 by a further two years — and more than double its annual financial contribution.


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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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