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Still waiting for Fletcher clearance

​OLDHAM have named a 17-man squad for Saturday night’s friendly against a very talented St Helens side that will be led around the field by reserve-team player-coach Paul Crook, who was so instrumental in helping Roughyeds to win promotion from Betfred League 1 to the Betfred Championship last season.

Matt Diskin is still hoping to give a debut to 19-year-old former Waterhead youngster Matthew Fletcher, but Roughyeds are still waiting for his international clearance to arrive from Australia and it will all hinge on whether it comes in time.

If it does, Fletcher will play; if not, Diskin will go with the following 17:

Harry Aaronson, Dan Abram, Liam Bent, Danny Bridge, Adam Brook, Lewis Charnock, David Hewitt, Daniel Igbinedion, Kyran Johnson, Phil Joy, Declan Kay, Danny Langtree, Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Ed Smith, Matty Wilkinson, James Worthington.

Out injured are Jode Sheriffe, Cameron Leeming, Ben Davies and John Hutchings.

Davies and Sheriffe will be out for several weeks, Davies because he is waiting for injections to clear up a sciatic nerve problem and Sheriffe because he needs an operation on a knee after a training accident.

He clashed knees with a team mate and twisted his knee when falling and planting his foot.

Hutchings tweaked a hamstring at Rochdale, but the news on centre Leeming is much better.

Said Diskin:

“He’s progressing well and is now back doing full sprinting. If we had a game next week he would be ready to go, but he will certainly be right for the first league game.”

Of the Saints game, he said: “It will be a good opportunity for us to put into practice what we have been doing in training.

“Although things didn’t go right for us at Rochdale there were times in the game when we showed glimpses of what we are trying to do.

“Saints will throw something different at us. They’ll be young, fit, fast and talented so they’ll be coming at us in a different way and we’re looking forward to it.”

The Saints squad is a mix of first-team squad members, reserve-team players and Academy products.

Youngsters Nico Rizzelli, Tom Nisbett and exciting half-back Lewis Dodd are named as is 2019 Academy player of the year Sam Royle.

In total there are eight members of the first-team squad included — Matthew Costello, Joe Batchelor, Joss Eaves, Callum Hazzard, Josh Simm, Lewis Dodd, Nico Rizzelli and Tom Nisbett.

Costello, a 21-year-old centre from Orrell St James, made 11 first-team appearances last season.

Batchelor was signed from York City Knights and went out last season  on dual reg to York and Leigh Centurions.

Hazzard (21), a loose-forward, spent last season on loan at North Wales Crusaders.

Simm is an 18-year-old half-back — grandson of Saints legend Geoff Pimblett — who last year scored 30 tries in 20 Academy matches.

Dodd (17) is an England Academy scrum-half from Halton Hornets.

Rizelli, from Rochdale Mayfield, has been elevated to the first-team squad after only one season in the under-19s. A centre, he is said to have a great future ahead of him.

Nisbett (20), full-back or wing, has played for both Lancashire and England academies.

This young team will be under the care and control of Paul Crook, whose career has turned full circle and has taken him back to the club where it all began those many years ago.

Admission to the game is £10 adults and £2 for under-16s.



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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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