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Bent’s battle for fitness to face the Rams

LIAM Bent, Oldham’s top tackler, is in a race against time to prove his fitness for Sunday’s Betfred Championship clash with in-form Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold.

The former Salford Red Devils forward, who regularly makes 50 or more tackles in a match, damaged a knee in the recent Challenge Cup defeat at Widnes and missed last Sunday’s 26-12 defeat by Bradford Bulls.

His strong defensive work was missed, especially in the first few minutes when the Bulls roared out of the blocks and, astonishingly, built an 18-0 lead inside the first ten minutes.

Said Bent:

“I’m pretty confident I’ll be right for this Sunday. As knee injuries go, mine isn’t a really bad one. It wouldn’t have been a good idea to play against Bradford, but a week can make a big difference.”

Coach Matt Diskin said several other players were also carrying bumps and bruises after the Bradford game, but “nothing to cause major concern.

He will have a better idea of who’s available at training on Thursday when Diskin will prepare his troops for a ‘must win‘ game against a Rams side that has already pulled off a couple of surprise wins away at Halifax (18-16) and at home to Widnes last Sunday (20-8).

Rams boss Lee Greenwood, a former Roughyeds winger, said after the Widnes game:

“We had to do certain things last year just to stay up. That was a priority for me and then I knew what was needed for this year.

“We can’t complain about our results so far this season, but if we go to Oldham and lose we’ll be sulking again.

“Unless its the last game of the season you always have the next fixture to think about and I’ll be going home tonight (after the win over Widnes) to watch Oldham against Bradford, to analyse them and to get my head screwed on right away to go there and get two points to turn a good start into a very good start.

“Bradford raced into a 24-0 lead. It could have been a big score but they (Oldham) obviously had a dig and brought it closer.

“Matt Diskin is a good coach who prepares well. We can concentrate on ourselves though and go forward without any fear.

“It’s a four-pointer. We are desperate to get the points and we can go there with confidence, for sure.”



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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.

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