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New boys immediately in the mix

OLDHAM new boys Jimmy Beckett and Ed Smith look set to be thrown in at the deep end, perhaps as soon as this Saturday’s tough clash at London Skolars.

Both trained last night (Thursday), head coach Scott Naylor confirming afterwards that they were in contention, with everyone else, for the Saturday trip to the New River Stadium in North London.

Jimmy Beckett and Ed Smith

The arrival of Smith, 26 and hugely experienced at League 1 and Championship levels, and Beckett, 20 and with only a handful of first-team games to his name, strengthens the forward pack and gives Naylor more choices.

Everyone is fit apart from Aaron Jones-Bishop so Naylor will have plenty of options and the scope to name a “horses for courses” 19-man squad.
His 19 will be named later today.

He said there were huge differences in what he would expect from the new boys — one a vastly-experienced forward who has been out of the game for two years and the other a young player who was still making his way in the game.

He said of Smith:

“Ed needs to regain his confidence, but once he’s done that I’m sure he’ll just get on with the game and go on to become a top player for us in the crucial weeks ahead.”

And of on-loan Beckett?

“Jimmy is trying to force himself into the Featherstone team. We can give him that opportunity by offering him the chance to show what he can do at Oldham.

“His arrival is timed to perfection because some of our front-rowers have had to have too much game time because of numbers.”

After the London game, Roughyeds have two cracking home games which form part of the ‘Awesome August’ programme — Newcastle are at the Vestacare on Sunday, August 11 and Doncaster on Sunday, August 18.

Wembley Trip

The club wishes fans to know that the £65 a head official club trip to Wembley on August 24 for the two cup finals is now sold out.

Roughyeds wish to thank those who are travelling with us for their support.

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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

The 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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