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Challenge Cup is amazing — Diskin

HEAD coach Matt Diskin has made no secret of the club’s priority this year which is to do enough in the Betfred Championship to stay in that division after winning promotion from League 1 in 2019.

He is quick to point out, though, that concentration on the league battle does not mean that he and his troops will go into the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup with less determination and desire than any other club.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup fourth-round tie at Widnes Vikings, the Oldham boss said:

“While the Challenge Cup is not a priority for us in the bigger picture, it’s an amazing competition, the most prestigious knock-out competition in the rugby league world.

“We’ll respect it, and it’s wonderful history, by going to Widnes and giving the tie our best crack.

“We’re massive underdogs. We’ve absolutely no pressure on us and we’ve nothing to lose. We’ll be going there to play good, entertaining rugby and to see what happens.

“Neither Widnes, nor their fans, will be expecting a lot from us, given their 36-6 win at Bower Fold in the Championship only three weeks ago but we’ll be going there to give it our best shot.”

Vikings have named a 21-man squad which shows two changes from the squad that came to Stalybridge on February 2, Jay Hatton and MacGraff Leuluai replacing Liam Cooper and Lewis Hulme.

It has three changes to the squad that was on duty last Sunday against London Broncos, who won 38-12 at the DCBL Stadium.

The kick-off was delayed by ten minutes because of queues outside the ground caused by new ticketing arrangements, but Vikings say they have solved those teething problems and hopefully there will be no such concerns this week.

Danny Craven and Jay Hatton are back after injury and Kenny Baker returns after suspension.

Squad: Kenny Baker, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Dion Cross, Jacob Dugdale, Connor Dwyer, Joe Edge, Owen Farnworth, Shane Grady, Jay Hatton, Jack Johnson, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Pat Moran, Callum O’Neill, Jack Owens, Lloyd Roby, Matty Smith, Jake Spedding, Logan Tomkins, Sam Wilde.



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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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