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Fingers Crossed for Croft and Hewitt

AFTER extending their 100 per cent home record this season to three wins from three games with a 16-12 result against Halifax, Matt Diskin’s Oldham are aiming for another big day at Bower Fold on Saturday.

Barrow Raiders (Challenge Cup), Swinton Lions and Halifax Panthers have all been sent packing empty-handed from the Stalybridge venue.

If Roughyeds can make it four-from-four against Whitehaven this Saturday (12.45pm kick-off) they will have a 60 per cent success rate in the Championship, having dropped points at Batley Bulldogs and London Broncos, with every chance of sneaking into the top half of the table.

Fans who watched the win against Halifax on Our League seem to think Roughyeds will beat the Cumbrians if they can repeat the blistering form they produced to pull off a surprise win against the Panthers.

Some bookies gave Oldham a 16-points start, but on-loan centre Jack Croft’s winning try four minutes from the end caused a few eyebrows to be raised throughout the Betfred Championship.

Croft, who has a damaged ankle, will be one of several injured players to be checked out by the medical staff at training.

Another on the casualty list is scrum-half Dave Hewitt, who looked to be struggling badly when he was helped off in the later stages of Saturday’s game with a severe dead leg.

Dave Hewitt helped to his feet during the win against Halifax
Dave Hewitt helped to his feet during the win against Halifax

In the forwards, Liam Kirk and Martyn Reilly were back against Halifax after each missing a couple of games and on the face of it they came through unscathed.

Both did well and contributed enormously to a significant win, Reilly particularly impressing with a robust performance in the middle and the try just after half-time that put Roughyeds back in the game.

Whitehaven and Oldham moved up to the Championship together at the end of the 2019 season.

The Cumbrians topped the league and went up automatically, while Oldham had to qualify through the playoffs in which they beat Doncaster and Newcastle.

The 2020 Championship campaign was aborted after half a dozen games because of Covid.

This year so far ‘Haven have won one of their four games, beating Newcastle Thunder 29-20 at home, but losing 17-8 at Dewsbury, 48-14 at Featherstone and 30-22 at home to Bradford.

New loan signing Ronan Michael, a prop from Huddersfield Giants, made his debut off the bench in the Bradford game, while 23-year-old winger Aaron Purewal, a recent capture from Scottish RU, will be pushing for an appearance at Bower Fold.

The game will be streamed live on Our League, free to Oldham’s season-ticket holders and only £4.95 for others if they buy before game day. Click the image below to purchase the stream.


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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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