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Beckett recalled by Rovers

JIMMY Beckett, the young prop who has played on loan in four of Oldham’s six games so far this season, has been recalled by his parent club Featherstone Rovers.

The 20-year-old front-rower, who scored the Roughyeds’ promotion-clinching try against Newcastle Thunder last season, is named in the Rovers 21-man squad for tonight’s (Friday) Coral Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Hunslet.

He arrived at Oldham at the end of January on a season-long loan with a recall clause which kicked in after a statutory 28 days and on the understanding that he wouldn’t be required to play for Roughyeds in the Challenge Cup or the 1895 Cup.

The two Oldham games he missed were the Betfred League 1 fixture at Toulouse Olympique on February 8, when he was on weekend stand-by in his full-time day job, and the Coral Challenge Cup tie at Widnes on February 23.

A few days after that match his 28 days were up and Rovers were able to call him back as and when they needed him.

He was still with Roughyeds against Bradford Bulls and Dewsbury Rams on March 1 and March 8, but he has now been recalled by Rovers because of their injuries and their appearance in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

Confirming his departure, Roughyeds coach Matt Diskin said:

“Jimmy is in the Rovers squad for their cup-tie and we’ll know more next week about what’s going to happen from here.”

Roughyeds have a blank weekend but they are back in action at Leigh Centurions on Saturday, March 21 (3pm) and then they are back at Bower Fold against York City Knights on Sunday, March 29 (3pm).

Diskin added:

“Losing Jimmy will hurt us because as we stand just now we don’t have the depth to compete in the Championship.

“We are weak in one or two areas and we are working hard all the time to bring people in, but it isn’t easy to get the right men.

“There are a couple of names in the pipeline, but we’ve had carrots dangled in front of us and then taken away and it is proving very difficult indeed to get hold of anyone, although the search is going on all the time.”

He said there was good news on the injury front concerning both Liam Bent and Jode Sheriffe.

Tackling-machine Bent has missed the last two games with a knee injury, bur he has returned to training and he should be ready for the Leigh game next Saturday (March 21) if he suffers no adverse reaction.

New-boy Sheriffe, an experienced prop, has still to make his debut after sustaining a knee injury in pre-season training. He has been waiting several weeks for an operation, but he should have a date within the next few days.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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