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Law Cup derby a big deal — Diskin

IN looking forward to his first Law Cup derby, Oldham boss Matt Diskin needs no reminding that ANY game featuring Roughyeds and Hornets has its own special intensity.

Oldham’s new team boss, the Leeds Rhinos hooker for nearly a decade, was brought up on Leeds-Bradford derby clashes and as coach of Batley Bulldogs for the past three years he’s experienced the pride and the passion that surrounds games involving Batley and Dewsbury Rams, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

“In my two months with the Oldham lads it’s been obvious that the Law Cup is also a big deal,” said Matt. “The result is a lot more important than it was at Barrow last week.

Players and fans are really passionate about beating Rochdale and owning bragging rights.

“We have some real quality in the squad and we need to build on what we achieved at Barrow, especially in the first 20 minutes.

“It’s the sort of match that requires a fine balance between coming away with a win and doing what’s needed to prepare for the Championship.”

Roughyeds will take 18 players to the Crown Oil Arena — the same as last week minus centre Cameron Leeming, who pulled a hamstring in the second half at Barrow and is considered doubtful for the first Championship game against Widnes Vikings at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on Sunday, February 2.

Ben Davies is still out with a back injury, while Jode Sheriffe has had a precautionary scan on a knee injury to make absolutely certain that it isn’t a major problem.

The 18 on duty at Rochdale are Harry Aaronson, Dan Abram, Liam Bent, Danny Bridge, Adam Brook, Lewis Charnock, Dave Hewitt, John Hutchings, Daniel Igbinedion, Kyran Johnson, Phil Joy, Declan Kay, Danny Langtree, Gareth Owen, Ed Smith, Jack Spencer, Matty Wilkinson, James Worthington.

Most Oldham fans will get their first glimpses of new signings Abram, who scored two tries at Barrow, stand-off Charnock, centre Worthington and forwards Hutchings and Igbinedion.

From about 1.15pm onwards there will be a function in the lounge hosted by ‘Braddy’ and in the form of a reunion of the Rochdale and Oldham teams that met in a Second Division game in 1989 in front of a crowd of more than 8,000.

The Oldham full-back that day was Gary Hyde, who will be interviewed on stage by ‘Braddy’.

The Past Players’ organisations of the two clubs will also be well represented, the Roughyeds contingent including Kevin Taylor and Adrian Alexander.



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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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