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‘We feel we can go all the way now’ — the Law Man

WITH two games left in the regular Betfred League 1 campaign, Oldham’s players are in the sort of form that gives them the self-belief to win promotion via the play-offs.

Mathematically they could still go up automatically as champions but realistically they’ll finish second or third — second if they win their two remaining games at Coventry and Hunslet — and that will mean qualifying via the play-offs.

“We believe we can go all the way,” said prop Scott Law. “It’s the business end of the season and we’re starting to gel at exactly the right time.”

He was speaking after winning the club’s champagne-moment award for his exquisite offload to send in Gareth Owen for the Roughyeds’ seventh and final try in the 40-14 win against Doncaster.

It was their seventh win in the last eight outings and that’s promotion form, said man-of-the-match full-back Ritchie Hawkyard.

He added:

“We took a lot of confidence from how we played against Newcastle. When we are on our game, 1 to 17, we can beat anyone in this division.

“In the first half we perhaps threw the extra ball that wasn’t on, but we spoke about it at half-time and fixed it up.

“We strayed a bit from the game plan at one period in the second half, but when they scored with ten minutes left our senior men sorted that out while we stood behind the posts.

“Promotion to the Championship is very much on now. That’s where we belong.”

Chairman Chris Hamilton emphasised that these two big wins against Newcastle and Doncaster were achieved without the injured Jack Spencer, a key forward.

He added:

“When we turn up like we did in those games we don’t have to be frightened of anyone in this division.

“What we are seeing now is the culmination of a season’s work with everyone working hard to reach our goal — promotion to the Championship.”

Head coach Scott Naylor said that, backing up from the Newcastle game, his side had again produced an “amazing” performance.

He went on:

“Our line speed and aggression in defence were really good.

“We’re aiming to finish as high as we can so that we’re at home in the play-offs. We’re tough to beat, especially at home. We’re a different side at home.”

The attendance, 745, fell just short of beating the season’s best of 765 on the opening day of the season against Workington.

Oldham’s next assignment is at Coventry Bears on Sunday, September 1 and then they bring down the curtain on the regular season at Hunslet on September 8.

Play-offs are scheduled for September 15, 22 and 29 with the final on October 6.



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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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