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Lions' Forsyth out injured

Swinton centre Liam Forsyth, injured in the early stages of last week’s Betfred Challenge Cup win against Newcastle Thunder, is out of Sunday’s second-round clash with Oldham at Heywood Road, which kicks off at 12.30pm.

The intriguing tie will be available to view FREE to Roughyeds fans all over the UK and, indeed, the world, given that it will be broadcast by the BBC on iPlayer, the Red Button and BBC Sport digital platforms. One of several new signings by Swinton this year, Forsyth damaged a leg in the first few minutes against Thunder.

Welsh international Rhodri Lloyd, the club captain, left the second row to replace the former Bath RU, Wigan Warriors and Leigh Centurions centre, while Louis Brogan joined Nick Gregson in the second-row off the bench.

Coach Stuart Littler must now decide whether to play Lloyd, his captain and club legend, in the forwards or in the backs.

Two former Roughyeds players are expected to be in the starting line-up — Richard Lepori on the wing and Will Hope at loose-forward. Kiwi Geronimo Doyle, another new signing, will probably be at full-back, having signed from a club in the senior league in Auckland with Maori Residents representative honours on his CV.

New boy Sam Brooks, an experienced prop who has previously played at Halifax, Featherstone and Leigh, will be in the front-row with hooker Luke Waterworth and Lewis Hatton.

Everything revolves around playmaker Martyn Ridyard, who will be joined at half-back by Jack Hansen, another talented operator.

SWINTON (probable): Doyle; Lepori, Lloyd, Cox, Butt; Ridyard, Hansen; Brooks, Waterworth, Hatton, Brogan, Gregson, Hope.

Also in Littler’s provisional 21-man squad are Jordan Brown, Tayler Brown, Sam Grant, Cobi Green, Paddy Jones, Deane Meadows, Paul Nash, Louis Roberts.*

Oldham have named the following 19: Dan Abram, James Barran, Liam Bent, Danny Bridge, Tommy Brierley, Lewis Charnock, Tyler Dupree, Matthew Fletcher, Callum Green, Joe Hartley, Ben Heaton, Ryan Ince, Phil Joy, Liam Kirk, Danny Langtree, Gareth Owen, Shaun Pick, Max Roberts, Jack Spencer.


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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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