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Nathan Chappell’s two-match ban

​AS Oldham’s Declan Kay continues to work through the RFL’s concussion protocol, Hunslet’s Nathan Chappell has received a two-match sanction by the Match Review Panel for what was described as a grade B dangerous throw in the match at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday, September 8.

Roughyeds won 34-20, to cement a second-place finish in Betfred League 1 2019, despite the loss of right-wing Kay in the 17th minute after he was injured in a strong tackle and driven backwards while carrying the ball out of defence.

Referee John McMullen placed the incident on report and play was resumed with a Hunslet scrum after a knock-on ruling against Kay, who needed attention and checks on the field before being led off for a head test, never to return.

“He’s back now doing a little bit of very light cycling and we’re hoping that by Monday or Tuesday of next week he’ll have finished his protocol and passed a head test so that he will be available for the play-off game against Newcastle or Doncaster,”

said Roughyeds coach Scott Naylor.

He confirmed that, apart from a few niggles and bruises which were not of serious concern, his squad was in good shape and he hoped to have a full roster available for the play off tie at the Vestacare Stadium next Sunday, September 22.

This is a shared gate, all-pay game which will kick-off at 2pm for purposes of streaming on the OuRLeague app.

Added Naylor:

“As we wait for the play-off tie next week it’s all about squad maintenance. The lads with niggles are not doing certain things in training, but they can do most things and we hope that by next week we’ll have a fully-fit squad from which to select the side.

“It helps having numbers because you can then do specific things and drills which you can’t do if you’ve a few players in the medical room.”

Naylor has no preference of opposition (not that he would say even if he had).

He added:

“They will both be tough to beat. Both have good players and good coaches with good half-backs, dangerous finishers on the outside and forwards that are both explosive and experienced.

“It’s going to be tough, but so it should be. It’s a league play-off. If you want to win things and earn promotions you’ve got to be prepared to take on tough opponents.
“Having said that, they’ll both regard us as tough opponents too.

“We are playing good rugby and as a group we have a belief in what we are doing and how we are playing.”

In the league, Roughyeds completed home-and-away doubles against the bottom five and took two points off each of the top five, producing 30 points out of a maximum 40.
Champions Whitehaven finished with 32. Both had 15 wins, but the Cumbrians edged automatic promotion because they had two draws.


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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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