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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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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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