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Charnock copped a 'stinger'

OLDHAM are free without a game next weekend so by the time they go to Batley Bulldogs on Saturday, April 17 (12.45pm kick-off) they hope to have a clean bill of health apart from Matty Wilkinson and his broken leg.

Currently on the casualty list are Luke Nelmes, Lewis Charnock, Tommy Brierley, Phil Joy, James Barran and Kyran Johnson.

Latest victim was stand-off Charnock, who copped a ‘stinger’ in the first few minutes of Friday’s stirring 28-20 Championship win against Swinton Lions and was forced to be helped off as early as the seventh minute, never to return.

“Even after the game he still couldn’t feel one of his arms,”

said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Roughyeds had to completely reorganise the side, with Gareth Owen taking over at outside-half and Declan Gregory leaving the bench to play nearly the full game at hooker.

It was the game’s second setback for Roughyeds, who were forced to withdraw winger Tommy Brierley shortly before kick-off because of a back injury.

Ben Holcroft made his debut on the wing in a back division which also included another youngster from Wigan, Max Roberts, both of whom did well in a typically tough and uncompromising Championship battle.

“We overcame a lot of adversity as well as a ten-point deficit and that was particularly pleasing,”

said the chairman.

Prop Phil Joy, who was on water-carrying duty, is over the knock he received at Featherstone in the first friendly, but he has since picked up a hamstring injury.

He damaged a hamstring in pre-season, but this latest setback involves his other one.

Nelmes hurt a knee in the first-round Betfred Challenge Cup win against Barrow and has since missed both Swinton games, but coach Matt Diskin expects to report a much clearer injury situation after the next two weeks of training.

He was particularly pleased to open the Championship campaign with a win and has since confirmed that his preference would always be two league points over a cup triumph, even in this case where Swinton’s appearance in the 1895 Cup semi-final puts them only one win away from Wembley.



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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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