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Gearing up for September 22

BY finishing second in Betfred League 1 and taking pole position in the play-off group of five, Oldham get the benefit of time off this weekend while the other four qualifiers go into battle.

Newcastle Thunder will be at home to Doncaster on Sunday (2.30pm kick-off and streamed on the OuRLeague app) while Hunslet will entertain Workington Town at the South Leeds Stadium.

Roughyeds will rest up and watch with interest while preparing for their qualifying semi-final at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week, September 22 against the winners of Newcastle v Doncaster.

“We’ve a few niggles and bumps and bruises so we welcome the weekend off for obvious reasons,” said head coach Scott Naylor.

The big game at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week (Sep 22) will kick-off at 2pm and will be streamed live on the OuRLeague app.

It’s a shared gate, all-pay game (like a cup-tie) and usual league match prices will apply for everyone, namely £14 for adults and £12 for concessions with an additional £2 transfer to seats in the stand. Juniors (under-16s) pay £2 at the turnstiles with a £3 transfer to seats.

Seat season-ticket holders have until 3pm next Wednesday, September 18, to claim their seats.

They can do that by calling into the Roughyeds office at the Vestacare Stadium (inside the ground) between 10am and 3pm on each of the following days: Wednesday, September 11; Friday, September 13; Monday, September 16; and Wednesday, September 18.

Seats will be £16 adults, £14 concessions and £5 for junior season-ticket holders, all of which are the equivalent of normal league-match prices.

Payment by cash or cheque only and fans will need to have their season-ticket books with them and present voucher B with their payment.

For all fans other than seat season-ticket holders who wish to claim their seats before 3pm next Wednesday, September 18 it will be pay on the gate.

Roughyeds finished the league season in second place and two points behind champions Whitehaven, who win promotion to the Betfred Championship automatically.

The Cumbrians and the Roughyeds each won 15 of their 20 games, more than any other club, but ‘Haven drew two while Oldham lost five.

Third-placed Newcastle were top scorers with 741 points with Oldham second on 655, an average of 32.7 points per match.

Defensively, Whitehaven were best, conceding 283, with Doncaster second (309) and Oldham third on 341.

If Roughyeds beat Newcastle or Doncaster at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday week they go straight through to the final which will also be played at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, October 6 — that’s their reward for finishing second and narrowly missing out on automatic promotion.

If they were to lose on September 22 they would get another bite of the cherry with another home game on September 29, the play-off structure being heavily loaded in favour of the teams finishing second and third.



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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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