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Oldham will be strong and highly motivated — Kear

JOHN Kear, the most experienced coach in the Betfred Championship, says Oldham will be “strong and highly motivated” when they clash with his Bradford Bulls at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Both teams go into this crucial game after below-par performances in the Coral Challenge Cup last week, Oldham going down heavily at Widnes Vikings and Bulls beating community club Underbank, but only 22-0.

“Our cohesion on attack wasn’t very good,” said Kear, “and we’ll be up against an Oldham side that will be strong and highly motivated.

“I’m sure Matt Diskin will have given some of his players a rocket (after their poor show at Widnes), but we know what we need to do to win and I’m confident we’ll come away with it.”

Stand by for possible Oldham changes following this week’s signing on loan of winger Ryan Ince and the recruitment on dual reg of a winger, Lee Kershaw, who is already a favourite of Roughyeds fans after his efforts for the club in 2018 and 2019.

Also pushing for places will be three others who were unavailable to Diskin in the cup — dual-reg centre Jack Croft and two young loan forwards, Titus Gwaze and Jimmy Beckett.

Kear, meanwhile, has named a 21-man Bulls squad that includes Rhys Evans, who last played for Bradford on Boxing Day before joining Leeds Rhinos.

Kear has now taken him back on loan and looks like throwing him in at the deep end as Bulls come to Bower Fold seeking their first league win of the campaign.

His squad also include two players on dual-reg from Hull FC, Jack Brown and Joe Cator.

Bulls (from): Jack Brown, Joe Brown, Joe Cator, Steve Crossley, Matty Dawson-Jones, Thomas Doyle, Anthony England, Rhys Evans, George Flanagan, Brad Gallagher, Sam Hallas, Billy Jowitt, Liam Kirk, Jordan Lilley, Rowan Milnes, Levy Nzoungou, Ross Oakes, Brandon Pickersgill, Adam Rooks, Ebon Scurr, Dan Waite-Pullen.

A crowd of 3,640 watched Bradford’s last home league game against Featherstone, 700 more than Leigh v York and on a par with Widnes v London Broncos on the same day.

Oldham expect the Bulls to bring a large following to Bower Fold and Roughyeds fans are asked to arrive in good time, as they did against Widnes on the opening day of the season in a match that pulled in a crowd of more than 1,700 — the best at an Oldham league game for several years.

Fans should note that the smart Bower Fold Events Centre, in the facility that used to be an Indian Restaurant, will open at noon and from then until 2.30pm they will have on special offer a pie and a pint for £5.

After the game the official man-of-the-match presentation will take place in the Events Centre.

Fans who went into the Events Centre at the last game we had at Bower Fold a month ago said later how smart it was and how comfortable they were in there.

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


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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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