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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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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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