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Oldham can enjoy a home run in play-offs

OLDHAM RL Club’s reward for finishing second in Betfred League 1 to Whitehaven, who go up automatically, is a home run in the play-offs up to and including the final on October 6.

While 3 v 4 and 5 v 6 were battling it out last Sunday, Roughyeds were resting.

And if they beat fourth-placed Doncaster at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (2pm kick-off) they’ll go straight through to a promotion final on October 6 which will also be played at the Vestacare.

Even if they lose to Doncaster they’ll get another shot next week against the winners of the Newcastle-Workington clash — and that will be at home too!

Roughyeds couldn’t have a better chance of joining Whitehaven in the Championship next season but to take it they’ve got to make home advantage count on a ground where they’ve only been beaten once in the league since the opening day of the season last February.

They last slipped up at the Vestacare Stadium in the league on Good Friday, April 19 when Hunslet won 36-28 and since then it’s been home-sweet-home all the way for the Roughyeds who’ve recorded wins against Coventry Bears, Keighley Cougars, West Wales Raiders, North Wales Crusaders, Newcastle Thunder and Doncaster.

“It’s nice to think of the Vestacare as a fortress,” said head coach Scott Naylor.

“We’re hoping for a big crowd to turn up and get behind the lads because big home support can make all the difference in a tight game.”

He will pick from a fully-fit squad which will include centre Cameron Leeming, who tweaked a hamstring at Coventry and didn’t play in the next game at Hunslet.

Utility forward Ed Smith, out recently with a rib injury, is also fit again while winger Declan Kay,who was concussed at Hunslet, will have finished his head-injury protocol and head test and will be ready to go.

Others who haven’t played in the last two games, like half-back Adam Brook and young on-loan prop Jimmy Beckett, will be pushing their claims.
Added Naylor:

“I’ll have plenty of selection decisions to make, but that’s how I like it.

“Until last Sunday, Newcastle were playing well. We were probably the only team to beat them in the last couple of months.

“Doncaster must have played really well to go up there and beat them, so they’ll be coming here full of confidence after trouncing Workington and Newcastle, both away, in their last two outings.

“We’ll have to be at our best, that’s for sure; not like we were in the first half at Hunslet but how we played in the second half.”



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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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