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Late checks on Spencer, Hutchings

​OLDHAM are hopeful that two players who were hurt in the Law Cup defeat at Rochdale will be fit to keep their places in the squad to face St Helens in their third and final pre-season game at the Vestacare Stadium on Saturday night, kick-off 7.30pm.

Prop Jack Spencer damaged a bicep and centre John Hutchings tweaked a hamstring just after half-time and had to leave the field.

Final decisions will be made later, probably at training tonight (Thurs), but there are high hopes that Spencer will come through and that Hutchings might also make it if he continues to improve at the rate he has done since last weekend.

Ed Smith, another forward, missed the Law Cup game after straining his back in training last Saturday morning, but he trained on Tuesday night and is expected to be okay.
Centre Cameron Leeming’s hamstring injury continues to improve but coach Matt Diskin seems reluctant to risk him ahead of the start of the Betfred Championship campaign against Widnes Vikings at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, February 2.

“We’re working towards having Cameron ready for the start of the season,”

said Diskin. “He’s coming along nicely.”

That leaves front-row duo Ben Davis (back) and Jode Sheriffe (knee) still struggling with injuries picked up in training. They’ve missed both games against Barrow and Rochdale and it isn’t yet known when Davis will be back.

Sheriffe won’t be back for a while because a scan on his troublesome knee has revealed considerable wear and tear. He will need surgery which will keep him sidelined for several weeks.

Having turned in a below-par performance at Rochdale last time out, Roughyeds will be determined to put up a much better show on attack and defence against mighty Saints on Saturday night.

Saints will bring a strong squad. comprising mainly of full-time first-team squad members who will not be required for the next day’s testimonial game against London Broncos.
Admission is £10 for adults and concessions, £2 for under-16s and £2 across the board for a transfer to a seat.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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