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Beckett, Fletcher in 21-man squad

MATT Diskin has named his 21-man squad for tomorrow’s big game against Widnes Vikings at Bower Fold (3pm) and it includes his two recent signings Jimmy Beckett and Matthew Fletcher.

Prop Beckett signed on long-term loan this week from Featherstone Rovers and goes straight into the squad for the big 2020 kick-off which sees Oldham’s return to the Betfred Championship following their promotion from League 1 last year.

Beckett, you will remember, scored the match-winning try against Newcastle Thunder in the Promotion Final.

Also included is another young forward, Fletcher, who signed a fortnight ago and made an impressive debut in the 32-12 win against a St Helens Select side.

It means there are four 20-year-olds in the provisional 21-man squad — Beckett, Fletcher, John Hutchings and centre James Worthington.

Squad: Harry Aaronson, Dan Abram, Jimmy Beckett, Liam Bent, Danny Bridge, Adam Brook, Lewis Charnock, Ben Davies, Matthew Fletcher, Dave Hewitt, John Hutchings, Daniel Igbinedion, Kyran Johnson, Phil Joy, Declan Kay, Danny Langtree, Gareth Owen, Ed Smith, Jack Spencer, Matty Wilkinson, James Worthington.

Roughyeds are expecting a big crowd and fans are advised to get to the ground in plenty of time and to park away from the ground wherever possible.

All the indications, both locally and from Widnes, suggest there will be a good crowd with plenty of support for both teams.

The smart Bower Fold Events Centre, which was formerly the Indian Restaurant, will be open from 12.30pm, serving food and drinks.

The message from the club to fans is this: Get there early and help us to help you.

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Club Cash

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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