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Diskin reflects on a really disappointing performance

MATT Diskin was in no mood for making excuses after the 18-12 Law Cup defeat at Rochdale.

Describing the Roughyeds’ performance as “really disappointing”, he said:

“For some reason we were flat and low on energy. I think we thought we were going to walk all over them.

“Rochdale showed a lot of effort, honest endeavour and self-belief and they out-enthused us which was particularly disappointing.

“We had better spells in the second-half when we got it back to 14-12 but we then let ourselves down with lack of discipline when we conceded a lot of penalties.

“We’ve got a lot of lessons to learn — and quickly,. We showed some glimpses of quality rugby, but we are not consistent enough.”

Injuries are also providing Diskin with a headache ahead of Saturday evening’s friendly against a St Helens Select side at the Vestacare Stadium.

Forwards Ben Davies (back) and Jode Sheriffe (knee) have not played in the two pre-season games against Barrow and Rochdale (Law Cup) and now they have four more concerns — six in all — which slashes the number of players currently available to 15.

Cameron Leeming pulled a hamstring at Barrow and didn’t play at Rochdale. Also absent was Ed Smith, who hurt his back while training on Saturday morning.

To crown all at the Crown Oil Arena, John Hutchings pulled up with a hamstring problem when accelerating away in pursuit of a kick and Jack Spencer damaged a bicep.

Whether any of them will be fit for the St Helens game remains to be seen, but the opening Betfred Championship game against Widnes Vikings at Bower Fold, Stalybridge is not far away — February 2 — and physio Chris Melling will be working with his sleeves rolled up in order to get at least some of the injured back on the field.

Said Diskin:

“We’ll be looking at all of them this week and assessing them. Jode Sheriffe has had a scan on his knee. We don’t think it’s serious but we’re still waiting for results.”



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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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