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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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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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