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Cup prep plans begin at home — Matt

THE focus in Oldham’s preparation for Saturday’s first-round Challenge Cup tie against League 1 Barrow Raiders will be placed entirely on Roughyeds getting it right themselves.

That’s the message from head coach Matt Diskin ahead of this weekend’s Bower Fold clash behind closed doors (12.45pm kick-off), which will again be streamed live on Our League.

The winners will be away in round two the following weekend to the winners of the Swinton Lions versus Newcastle Thunder tie at Heywood Road, Sale.

Diskin has been unable to run the rule over Raiders because they have not yet had a friendly, preferring to leave any warm-up games they might have until May when the League 1 season begins.

On the one hand that gives Roughyeds a head start; on the other, as Diskin points out, it means Raiders are very much an unknown quantity.

He said:

“I know they’ve recruited well and they have a good historic record in the Challenge Cup so they’ll be up for it and they will come down here with all guns blazing.

“I’ve not had an opportunity to see them play, so we’ll be concentrating very much on ourselves, making sure we do what we want to do and do it well, and continuing to improve as we did last week against Halifax.

“The Challenge Cup is a very prestigious competition and Barrow are very much an unknown quantity so we’ll have to be on our guard and at our best.”

Diskin hopes to have several senior men available for selection again after fielding a very young and inexperienced back division last time out in the 30-18 defeat by Halifax Panthers in a pre-season friendly.

Big prop Phil Joy, who took a knock at Featherstone in the first friendly and missed the Halifax game, is said to be “touch and go.”

Cam Leeming, Kyran Johnson and John Hutchings, all of whom have not yet made an appearance, are still not ready, but there are fingers crossed that Ben Heaton, Ryan Ince, Dave Hewitt and Tyler Dupree will all be ready in time and available for selection.

If prop Jack Spencer plays it will be his 100th appearance for Roughyeds, whom he joined in 2016 when his father Lee, better known as ‘Spanner’, was No 2 to the then head coach Scott Naylor.

Both clubs are urging their fans to watch the game on Our League. It costs nothing for Oldham season-ticket holders, but for all other fans it is £4.95 if bought before midnight on Friday and £10 if purchased on the day of the game.

Non season-ticket holders who want to buy at the cheaper price can do it now HERE.

Oldham season-ticket holders should note that the activation code they had for the Halifax game will also cover the Barrow game. They do NOT need another code.



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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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