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A much stronger squad for key game in Cumbria

CENTRES James Worthington and Cameron Leeming; forwards Danny Bridge and Jimmy Beckett; play-anywhere John Hutchings; and new dual-reg recruit Jack Croft, none of whom played in Toulouse last time out, are all included in Oldham’s 21-man squad for the important game at Whitehaven tomorrow (Sunday), kick-off 6.15pm.

The only players not included are long-term injury victims Jode Sheriffe, Ben Davies and Ed Smith.

Squad: Aaronson, Abram, Beckett, Bent, Bridge, Brook, Charnock, Croft, Fletcher, Gwaze, Hewitt, Hutchings, Johnson, Joy, Kay, Langtree, Leeming, Owen, Spencer, Wilkinson, Worthington.

Whitehaven, who last week gave London Broncos a fright in the capital, will have Karl Dixon available again after he missed the London game while Brett Carter is expected to be ready for his competitive debut.

‘Haven are braced for Storm Dennis and chairman Tom Todd said:

“We will be monitoring the situation closely throughout Saturday and again on Sunday morning.”

A decision is due to be made tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

The battle between the two newly-promoted clubs will be streamed exclusively live on OuRLeague. That’s why the kick-off has been put back to 6.15.

The Cumbrians, coached by Gary Charlton, swept almost all before them last year, losing only three times all season and finishing as champions with the prize of automatic promotion.

Roughyeds, meanwhile, had a trickier road to promotion, finishing in second place and then beating Doncaster and Newcastle Thunder in the play-offs to seal their place in the Betfred Championship.

One of Oldham’s eye-catching results was a fine 36-12 home win over Whitehaven but ‘Haven returned the favour with a hard-fought 16-10 win in Cumbria — Roughyeds’ only defeat in their last 12 league outings.

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Congratulations to Jack Spencer who, in France last week, made his 150th career appearance and now needs only five more games for Oldham to reach a century for the Roughyeds.
To date he has played 95 games for Oldham; 32 for Halifax; 16 for Barrow; and seven for Salford.

Spanner and Phil Joy will be the senior “middles” in the big game at Whitehaven, setting the lead up front for youngsters such as Titus Gwaze, Jimmy Beckett and Matthew Fletcher, who scored Oldham’s only try in France by supporting a break from Matty Wilkinson, who had jumped out of dummy half.

On-loan Gwaze, on debut, and Fletcher enhanced their growing reputations in Toulouse and the return to action of another young tearaway, on-loan Beckett, should give the pack a more potent look.

Said head coach Matt Diskin:

“It was a pity Toulouse ran in a lot of points in the last 20 minutes because we competed well for an hour against one of the best teams in the division and with a very depleted squad.

“There are times when you just have to hold up your hands and accept that you were beaten by a faster, bigger, stronger side which I am confident will finish in the top two.
“All my lads though could leave the field with heads held high and I was proud of that.

“As for the Whitehaven game I think it’s fair to say that our season starts here. The Championship is two divisions within a division, to be realistic, and so far we’ve played one team that’s tipped to finish in the top five and another that many people think will win it.

“It’s always tough up in Cumbria but there re likely to be additional hurdles this time, provdied by the weather and the state of the pitch.

“I’m anticipating a real old-school type of game. It will provide a tough challenge but we’re up for it.”



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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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