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Well be striving to put things right — spencer

OLDHAM won’t be making excuses about a long journey to London, facing full-time opposition or missing several senior players if things don’t go according to plan against the Broncos in Saturday’s Betfred Championship clash at Rosslyn Park RU Club (kick-off 2pm).

“It is what it is,” said long-serving forward Jack Spencer. “We are all working hard and we’ll be out to put right the things we did wrong at Batley.

“We were disappointed with our performance last week because, up to then, we had improved game-on-game.

“It was one of those games when a lot of us struggled to get things right — not just the odd one or two — and you can’t afford for that to happen in the Championship.

“The video re-run wasn’t good but we all took it on the chin and then moved on.

“You can’t afford to dwell too long on a bad performance because you have to get ready positively for the next match.

“It was our own fault that we lost like we did at Batley, but we’ll be striving hard to put things right and there will be no excuses if we don’t.”

Rival coaches Danny Ward and Matt Diskin were friends, team mates and front-row colleagues for six years in their Leeds Rhinos playing days and each is hoping for a capital win after poor performances last time out.

Broncos, in fact, have yet to win this term, having chosen to concede rather than travel to Toulouse Olympique — a Covid-time option — and having been dumped out of the Challenge Cup by York City Knights.

In their only Championship game, three weeks ago, they were thumped 47-14 at Halifax Panthers, and they haven’t played since.

Back in the squad for the Oldham game, though, comes iconic Aussie stand-off Jarrod Summut for the first time since he returned to the club after two seasons away.

Summut is certain to make a big difference and on the face of it much will depend on how Oldham cope with this maverick type of half-back who plays instinctively and is capable of winning a game on his own.

Broncos will take great heart from Sammut’s inclusion, but head coach Ward is wary of Oldham and the way he feels they will have prepared under the tutelage of his old Headingley buddy.

The Broncos boss said:

“We’ve had three weeks to get ready and that’s good. We didn’t play well at Halifax, but we quickly nipped that result in the bud.

“We’re focused on Oldham now and we are determined to deliver the goods.

“Matt (Diskin) is a good friend of mine from our playing days and you can gamble Oldham will be well-coached for this one.

“I was impressed by their win at home to Swinton. They’re a very capable side at this level. They’re tough, hungry and have plenty of experienced players.

“If we let our guard down we’ll be there for the taking, so we must be focused for every minute.”

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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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