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Last-day drama faces top six League 1 clubs

​EACH of the top six clubs in Betfred League 1, including Oldham RLFC, is on tenterhooks this week as the last-gasp scramble for final league placings goes down to the wire.

None of the six is mathematically certain of where it will end up as the drama spills over to the very last weekend of the regular league campaign.

That’s befitting of a competition which is generally regarded as the best-ever third tier division in terms of quality, entertainment and excitement.

Leaders Whitehaven need at least a draw at Coventry on Saturday to clinch the title and automatic promotion to the Championship.

By the time Scott Naylor’s second-placed Oldham go to fourth-placed Hunslet on Sunday they’ll know whether they can still nick the crown on points difference or whether they’ll need a win at the South Leeds Stadium to guarantee a second place finish and, with it, the best possible chance of qualifying for promotion via the play-offs.

Newcastle, in third, will finish second if they win at Keighley and Roughyeds go down on a ground which isn’t one of their happiest hunting grounds.

Directly underneath those four, Doncaster (fifth) go to Workington (sixth) with only one point separating them.

Potentially all six clubs could move up or down depending on the last weekend’s results but in all probability Whitehaven will finish top with Oldham and Newcastle occupying second and third spots but in either order.

That will depend on the results from Hunslet v Oldham and Keighley v Newcastle and its fair to say that most pundits would take the view that the Tynesiders have the easier of the two challenges.

That won’t bother Roughyeds who are seeking their ninth win in ten games and know how much it will mean to the club and to departing head coach Scott Naylor if they can nail second place by avenging Hunslet’s 36-28 win at the Vestacare Stadium in April.

Said club skipper Gareth Owen:

“It’s a massive game for us. Assuming Whitehaven win on Saturday, a win for us on Sunday would guarantee us second place which, in turn, would give us a play-off final at the Vestacare Stadium if we were to get that far.

“There’s no greater incentive than that, given that promotion has been our target from the time we assembled for pre-season last November.”

Hunslet’s poor home form in recent weeks has seen them beaten at the South Leeds Stadium by Doncaster, Whitehaven, Newcastle and Workington, but coach Gary Thornton thinks a change of fortune is just around the corner.

He said:

“I think Whitehaven will go up as champions but Hunslet, Newcastle, Oldham, Doncaster and Workington are all capable of beating each other in what is sure to be a cracking play-off series.

“There are some very good teams in League 1 this year.

“It’s been a great competition and the standard of rugby has been fantastic.”



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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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