It's all down to what happens on the day — Scott

​ON-FIRE Oldham will be going for their 11th win in their last 12 games against big-spending Newcastle Thunder in Sunday’s big promotion decider at the Vestacare Stadium.

Take away a surprise home defeat by Doncaster in an early round of the play-off and Thunder can boast a similar surge into the Promotion Final from third place in the final Betfred League 1 table — one point and one place behind Sunday’s hosts.

Neither Oldham nor Thunder believe recent form will count for anything though.

Said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor:

“It’s a 50-50 game in my opinion; very tough and with little between us.

“We seem to be more comfortable at home, which is good, and we play a certain way against Newcastle, which seems to work for us.

“I’m not surprised we’ve done so well in the last three or four months because we work on things during the season and generally go stronger towards the end.

“There’s a general confidence and belief among the lads in the way I want them to play and then sticking to it.

“We all agreed it’s the best way for us to play. It’s a joint thing involving us all.

“Past form, though, will count for nothing. It’s a final, it’s going to be tough, and it will hinge on which side plays best on the day.

“I think Newcastle have better individual players in people like QLT, Lewis Young, Misi and Keal Carlile, who can control a game from dummy half if he’s allowed to.

“The forwards are athletic and go for 80 minutes, but we’ve got home advantage and we haven’t lost at the Vestacare in the league since last April so I reckon it’s going to be some game.”

He confirmed that he had a fully-fit squad available so it’s likely to be a very similar side to that which beat Doncaster 22-12 in the semi-final.

Thunder are also expected to be as you were, or close to it, but managing director Mick Hogan hopes his side can play with the same verve and vigour that turned over the Dons at the second attempt.

He said:

“Last week’s win will mean absolutely nothing in terms of what happens at Oldham.

“It will come down to preparation this week and to which side turns up on the day. The side that wins will be the one that gets its defence right, does the little things right, takes its chances and doesn’t give away penalties.”

Usual admission prices will apply and Oldham are urging fans to buy tickets in advance even though the game is not all-ticket.

Payment by cheque or cash only and the office will be open until 6pm tonight (Wednesday, October 2); from 10am to 3pm tomorrow and from 10am to 6pm on Friday.

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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