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‘Bad day at the office’ — Diskin

Describing the 36-6 defeat by Widnes Vikings as a “bad day at the office”, head coach Matt Diskin said there were positives in the Roughyeds’ performance but he was disappointed because his side wasn’t more competitive on the opening day of the season.

He said:

“By kicking very early in the tackle count and putting the ball dead several times we gifted field position, gave them seven-play sets and allowed them to roll up the field.

“It’s a tough division and you have to be on the button in terms of making possession and field position count and taking your chances when they come along.

“There were definite positives. When we went set for set with them we looked good with the ball.

“We had opportunities on their try line and if we had used the ball more instead of kicking dead early in sets we might have done better.

“Why we were so kick-happy I don’t know. It’s not something we practice so we’ll be looking at that.

“In this division you have to take your chances when they come along and we didn’t.

“I could see what they were looking at (in putting boot to ball) but to do it so often and so early and to put the ball dead so often was sacrilege.

“Going back to positives I thought all the ‘middles’ and the back-rowers worked really hard and looked good. Matthew Fletcher and Jimmy Beckett both did well, as did Phil Joy and Spanner (Jack Spencer).

“Normally, we do okay wider out but on this occasion Widnes’s outside backs were a little bit faster, stronger and smarter.”

Roughyeds were hit by injury, too. Five were on the casualty list before the Widnes game — Jode Sherifffe, Ben Davies, Cam Leeming, John Hutchings and Ed Smith — and three more were hurt against the Vikings.

John Worthington took a blow to the jaw in the first half. He completed the game but was told to go to hospital for precautionary x-rays.

Stand-off Lewis Charnock hobbled off with a knee injury and Danny Bridge was going to hospital to check whether a dislocated thumb was also broken.

Added Diskin:

“We go to Toulouse now and they’re a very strong side, especially at home. Decisions on the injured will be made later but we’ll be going to improve on this performance and to put right the things we didn’t do so well against Widnes.

“We’ll be doing our best to get a result and to do ourselves proud.”

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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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