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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 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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