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Warm-up game on March 6

WE are pleased to confirm that we will play the first of two pre-season games against a strong Featherstone Rovers side at the Millennium Stadium (Post Office Road) on Saturday, March 6, kick-off 1.30pm. The game will be played behind closed doors.

Our second warm-up game will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10am, simultaneously in arrangement with the other club involved.

By arranging a game at Featherstone we will be testing ourselves against a Betfred Championship powerhouse and a club that has never made any secret of its Super League ambitions.

Rovers were beaten by Toronto Wolfpack in the 2019 Million Pound Game and they were among the clubs who lost out to Leigh Centurions when the decision was taken a few months ago to find a Super League replacement for Wolfpack.

Said Roughyeds boss Matt Diskin:

“Rovers are regarded as one of the best and biggest clubs in the Championship and rightly so. Historically, they’ve always been there or thereabouts at the top end of the division.

“They have a top-quality squad which is well coached and I’m pleased to be going there because the game will give me a good barometer of where we are up to — and that’s what we want from our warm-up games.”

Oldham’s new-look squad of 28 includes 13 newcomers, six of whom are Yorkshiremen — Tyler Dupree, Martyn Reilly, Luke Nelmes, Tommy Brierley, Shaun Pick and Liam Kirk.

Rovers boss James Webster, whose side will also play a friendly against Batley, said:

“As a group we are excited to be closing in on the start of the season. As you start friendlies you always get anticipation that competitive rugby is around the corner.

“It’s fantastic that both Oldham and Batley have agreed to play us. We will be facing two strong, well-coached sides. We will be using as many players as are physically ready so that we can prepare for the contact element that players have obviously missed now for 12 months.”

Rovers believe they have assembled their strongest squad for a long time, having signed Junior Moors (Castleford), Kris Welham (Salford), Craig Kopczak (Wakefield) as well as Connor Jones and Tom Holmes, also from Super League, and Nu Brown from the NRL.

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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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