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Diskin names his 21-man squad

MATT Diskin’s 21-man squad for tomorrow’s big game against Bradford Bulls at Bower Fold, Stalybridge includes this week’s two new recruits, Ryan Ince (month’s loan) and Lee Kershaw (dual reg) plus three more young players on loan or dual reg who were unavailable last week, Jimmy Beckett, Titus Gwaze and Jack Croft.

Wingers Ince and Kershaw are with us from Leigh Centurions and Wakefield Trinity respectively.

Also from Trinity, with whom we have a dual-reg agreement, are prop Gwaze and 18-year-old centre Croft, while Beckett, another prop, is from Featherstone Rovers.

Gwaze and Beckett. like Kershaw, are no strangers to Roughyeds fans, having been with us previously. Indeed, Beckett hit the headlines at the end of last season when he scored the decisive, match-winning try in the Promotion Final against Newcastle Thunder.

Teenage centre Croft, described by Matt Diskin as “big and athletic”, played for us for the first time in the win at Whitehaven, but he is still awaiting his home debut in front of the Roughyeds’ faithful.

Dave Hewitt, meanwhile, is one game short of his 100th appearance for Oldham, which he will hope to reach tomorrow.

Tackling-machine Liam Bent is out with a knee injury, but two other forwards who also had injury concerns last time out, Ben Davies and Matthew Fletcher, are included.

The squad is:

Dan Abram — proudly sponsored by Rugby Oldham Supporters’ Trust.
Jimmy Becket — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Danny Bridge — proudly sponsored by Pam Taylor and LTS
Lewis Charnock — proudly sponsored by Anne Kearns
Jack Croft — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Ben Davies — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Matthew Fletcher — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Titus Gwaze — sponsorship available on 07904 898177
Dave Hewitt — proudly sponsored by David and Val Webster
John Hutchings — proudly sponsored by ECS Leisure
Ryan Ince — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Kyran Johnson — proudly sponsored by Mick Harrop
Phil Joy — proudly sponsored by the Past Players’ Assn
Declan Kay — proudly sponsored by Rob Long
Lee Kershaw — sponsorship available on 07904 898177
Danny Langtree — sponsored by David and Val Webster
Cameron Leeming — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Gareth Owen — sponsored by Echo Electrical Ltd
Jack Spencer — sponsored by Gaeme Lee
Matty Wilkinson — sponsored by John and Lynda McAndrew
James Worthington — sponsored by Oldham RL Heritage Trust.

Fans are asked to arrive in good time to ease pre-match congestion and should note that the smart Bower Fold Events Centre opens at noon with a special offer of a pint and a pie for £5 from opening time until 2.30pm.

  • Roughyeds need a volunteer to help with general duties in the hospitality suite at home games this season at Bower Fold. Ring 07904 898177 if interested.
  • Game-day stewards are also required. Speak to Phil Black, the club’s Safety Officer, on the above number.

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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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