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In-form Dewsbury Rams here on Sunday

ROUGHYEDS can stand by to face a Ram-raid when in-form Dewsbury come to Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm), having already beaten Halifax away and Widnes Vikings at home in two of their three Betfred Championship games to date.

Their only defeat so far was on the opening day of the season when Leigh Centurions went to the Tetley’s Stadium and won 36-10.

Former Oldham forward Luke Nelmes, the prop who played in 27 of the Roughyeds’ 30 games in the League 1 campaign of 2018, formed a strong front-row with Martyn Reilly and Sam Day in last Sunday’s 20-9 win against the Vikings.

Reporting on that game in League Express, Matthew Shaw wrote:

“There’s often a team that goes down as the surprise package at the end of the season.

“Victory (for Dewsbury) over Halifax a week or so ago was impressive. But this — a convincing, committed win over Widnes Vikings — was a level up again.
“The Rams, simply, were outstanding.

“They ran the ball harder and stronger than Widnes; their experienced halves, Liam Finn and Paul Sykes, kicked majestically. Their backs took all their chances.”

Coached by former Roughyeds winger Lee Greenwood, they lined up like this against Widnes:

Martin; Gabriel, Ryder, Fleming, Oakes; Sykes, Finn; Reilly, Day, Nelmes, Esslemont, Knowles, Annakin. Subs: Morris, Johnson, Magrin, Scott.

They currently lie seventh in the table, five places higher than Oldham, but with only two points more.

An Oldham win would take them at least one place up the ladder. given that the two teams immediately above them on the same number of points, Bradford and Sheffield, play each other at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Swinton Lions, also on two points, go to Featherstone and Batley Bulldogs, on three, are at Toulouse Olympique on Saturday so Roughyeds have all the incentive in the world to roll up their sleeves, get stuck in and go for their second league win.

The two teams below them and still seeking their first win, Whitehaven and York City Knights, play Widnes away and London Broncos at home respectively.

This weekend’s Championship fixtures: Toulouse Olympique v Batley Bulldogs; Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles; Featherstone Rovers v Swinton Lions; Leigh Centurions v Halifax; OLDHAM v Dewsbury Rams; Widnes Vikings v Whitehaven; York City Knights v London Broncos.

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Club Cash

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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