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CENTRES Ben Heaton and Ryan Ince are in with a chance of returning to Oldham’s line-up for Saturday’s big kick-off against Barrow Raiders in the first round of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

Roughyeds open the curtain on the 2021 season with this Bower Fold cup clash, which kicks off at 12.45pm behind closed doors. It will be streamed live on Our League, free to Oldham season-ticket holders and only £4.95 to others if purchased before midnight tomorrow (Friday).

On the day of the game the price goes up to £10.

League 1 side Barrow, tipped to win promotion this year, are planning to field a strong side in their first-ever appearance at Bower Fold, but Oldham plan to combat that by sending out a much more experienced side than the one which went down 18-30 in last week’s friendly against Halifax.

Heaton, who suffered concussion at Featherstone a fortnight ago, and fellow-centre Ince, who was ill last week and pulled out of the Halifax game, are named in Matt Diskin’s provisional 23-man squad.

A third player hoping to return to the side, after damaging an ankle at Featherstone, is young prop Tyler Dupree, who is also named in the ‘possibles’.

There is no place, though, for either Phil Joy or Dave Hewitt, both of whom are thought will benefit from another week off after battling injury and illness.

Squad: Abram, Barran, Bent, Bridge, Brierley, Charnock, Dupree, Fletcher, Green, Gregory, Hartley, Heaton, Holcroft, Ince, Kirk, Langtree, Nelmes, Owen, Pick, Reilly, Roberts, Sheriffe, Spencer.

Barrow have signed some big, experienced forwards from Super League clubs, including Callum Bustin, Ben Harrison and Adam Walne, all of whom are included in their provisional squad.

Raiders boss Paul Crarey decided not to have a friendly ahead of this Challenge Cup tie, preferring instead to play warm-up games before the start of the League 1 campaign in May.

Roughyeds boss Matt Diskin does not see that as a hint that Raiders already have their sights set on doing well in league rugby as a priority over the Challenge Cup.

“No way,” said the Roughyeds boss. “They’ll come down here with all guns blazing and we need to build on the improvement we showed against Halifax.

“It’s a game that’s thwart with danger. We’ll need to be on our game.”

Barrow squad: Bustin, Carter, Crellin, Cresswell, Dallimore, Duffy, Forster, Harrison, Hopkins, Hulme, Johnstone, Morrow, Ritson, Shaw, Stack, Swarbrick, D Toal, S Toal, Tyson, A Walne, J Walne.

Oldham season-ticket holders should use the Our League activation code they had last week for the Halifax game. They do not need a new 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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