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Dewsbury deserved their win — Diskin

Disappointed Roughyeds boss Matt Diskin was quick to acknowledge Dewsbury’s right to capture both league points after the Rams’ 24-6 win on a heavy Bower Fold pitch.

Four tries to one, even though two of them came in the last few minutes, tells the story of the Yorkshire’s side’s third win in their four league games to date and their third victory in a row.

Oldham went in front with a Ryan Ince try and were still on parity with the Rams at half-time, 6-6, but the visitors took command in the second half when Roughyeds struggled to get out of their own half.

It has been evident in the Roughyeds’ three home games to date, against Widnes, Bradford and Dewsbury, that the side playing towards the town end of the ground, or from left to right when sitting in the main stand, finds it easier to impose authority and to keep opponents trapped in that bottom end of the ground, particularly at this time of year when grounds are wet and heavy.

That was particularly the case in this game, in which Roughyeds managed to live with their opponents when they had that advantage in the first half, but looked much the inferior outfit after half time when the Rams were firing on all cylinders going down the slight slope, but one which appears to have a bigger impact than one might expect and is very deceptive.

Said Diskin:

“Dewsbury fully deserved to win because they played a lot smarter than we did. Experience in the halves was a big factor and we struggled to get out of our own half in the second half. Errors with the ball in hand and ill discipline didn’t help.

“We started really well and with the score at 6-6 at half time there was a lot of positivity in the dressing room when we talked about the need to cut out our mistakes and to respect possession.

“In our first set we came up with an offload that produced a knock-on and it was from that mistake in possession that Connor Scott put the Rams in front for the first time.

“I’m very disappointed and, to be honest, I’m struggling to find positives to talk about, but we did create some chances on the edges. Once our pivotal players start to recognise those opportunities and then make the right decisions — and it needs to happen sooner rather than later — we’ll perhaps start to click.”

Luckily for Roughyeds the two teams beneath them in the Championship table, York City Knights and Whitehaven, both lost again to keep Diskin’s men third off bottom and outside the relegation zone.

It’s early days yet, of course, but with 22 games still to go, including the “extra” one against Swinton Lions at Summer Bash, Roughyeds will probably need at least another six or seven wins to stay in the division.

Diskin’s men have a blank weekend coming up because it’s Coral Challenge Cup weekend and they’re already out of that but the following Saturday, March 21 (3pm) they go to Leigh Centurions, currently in second place, and then play York City Knights at Bower Fold (3pm) on Sunday, March 29.

Knights were last season’s surprise packets, finishing high up the table at the first attempt, but they have made an inauspicious start this time, having lost each of their four league games to date and currently occupying next-to-bottom place.

They have played some top teams, however, and it is generally felt across the league that, as the season unfolds, they will start to climb the table.

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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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