Ward on grade C charge

MICHAEL Ward, Oldham’s tackle-busting prop, faces the prospect of a two-match ban for the alleged use of his elbow in last Sunday’s relegation battle with Workington Town at Bower Fold.

He faces a grade C charge following an incident eight minutes from the end when Roughyeds, trailing by two points, were attacking strongly in pursuit of the winning try.

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Get your Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final tickets for HALF-PRICE

AHEAD of this weekend’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals, Wigan Warriors v Hull FC and Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Wildcats, Oldham RLFC have announced that, with immediate effect, tickets for the final at Wembley on Saturday, August 27 can be bought from Whitebank for HALF-PRICE, a real bargain !

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Early chance to avenge Town defeat

LEE Spencer has welcomed an early opportunity for Oldham to avenge last Sunday’s 32-30 home defeat by Workington Town in a relegation thriller.

Hugely lifted by three narrow wins in a row, after losing 17 and drawing one of their previous 20, the Cumbrians return to Bower Fold on Sunday week, August 7…

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Two Bobs’ to lead Summer Coaching at Whitebank

FORMER Oldham RL star Robert Roberts , known all over rugby league land as ‘Two Bobs’, is the Roughyeds’ new community coach, succeeding Danny Newall, who left to take up a new appointment with his hometown club, Widnes Vikings.

One of Robert’s first initiatives will be to lead a rugby league-based Summer Camp for children at Whitebank Stadium…

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Clay a victim too

RICHARD Lepori, with a badly-gashed hand, wasn’t the only injury victim in Oldham’s fiercely-fought Championship relegation battle with Workington Town.

It has since emerged that Adam Clay suffered a grade-two tear in a shoulder when tackled heavily by Town’s star man Jarrod Sammut early in the second half.

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Lepori injury doubt

RICHARD Lepori is Oldham’s biggest injury concern ahead of the crucial KP Championship Shield games, which start on Sunday week, August 7.

The full-back, an Italian international, picked up a nasty hand injury which forced his withdrawal just before half-time in the 32-30 defeat by Workington Town at Bower Fold.

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Missed opportunity

OLDHAM missed a golden opportunity to tighten their grip on Championship consolidation when beaten 32-30 by lowly Workington Town at Bower Fold.

Town’s third win in a row lifted them off bottom spot and above neighbours Whitehaven, with Oldham finishing third bottom at the end of the 23-match regular season.

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Mendeika signs

OLDHAM can confirm the signing of Bradford Bulls utility back James Mendeika (24) in a deal that went through literally seconds before the 5pm deadline.

“What a rush ! It was like a Benny Hill movie, Keystone Cops and ‘Fast and Furious’ all rolled into one,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.

Mendeika, an Irish international with several caps, has joined Oldham on loan until the end of the season.

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Scott gears up for his biggest game

SCOTT Naylor has described Oldham’s game at Bower Fold on Sunday as the biggest in his four years at the club.

In terms of advancing Roughyeds’ status in the RFL pecking order he views it as potentially more rewarding than anything the club won in League One last season, including promotion and two related trophies.

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Oldham land double top — Turner signs, Gill stays

OLDHAM have signed North Wales Crusaders winger Scott Turner and extended Kieran Gill’s loan agreement to the end of the season.

London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs also made strong overtures for centre Gill (20), for whom Roughyeds now have an option with Castleford Tigers to keep him in 2017 on a season-long loan agreement.

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Oldham sign Scott Turner

OLDHAM have confirmed the signing of North Wales Crusaders winger Scott Turner on a deal to the end of the season.

Wigan-born Turner (22) turned pro for Warrington Wolves from Wigan St Pat’s, then had a spell at Barrow before signing for Crusaders nearly three years ago.

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Hopeful of squad strengthening

With the clock ticking down to Friday’s signing deadline, Oldham RL Club “remain hopeful” of adding to their squad for the season-defining Championship Shield games.

“We hope to bring in new faces before weekend,” said coach Scott Naylor after last night’s training session at which injured quartet Lewis Foster, Gary Middlehurst, Jack Spencer and Gareth Owen did enough to suggest Naylor could have a clean bill of health for Sunday’s final game of the regular season.

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Sammut threat in Bower Fold showdown

JARROD Sammut, one of the best and most exciting players outside Super League, stands between Oldham and a vital two points in the battle to avoid relegation from the KP Championship.

Half-back Sammut (29) will be Workington Town’s danger man and major threat when the Cumbrians come to Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) in what for them will be a must-win game going into the eight-club Championship Shield.

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150 not out for Joe

JOE Burke dismisses the significance of his 150th career appearance against Bradford Bulls at The Provident Stadium (Odsal) on Sunday.

Having played previously for South Wales Scorpions, North Wales Crusaders, Barrow Raiders and Wales (seven caps), the 26-year-old prop’s 15 games so far for Oldham this season have put him one game shy of the career milestone.

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Now Holmes goes

JACK Holmes has followed Steve Roper to Rochdale Hornets in pursuit of more game time and more career opportunities.

Oldham’s 22-year-old utility back has scored 20 tries in 36 appearances in his two seasons at the club, but he has faded from the scene in recent weeks, having played only once in the last six games.

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Roper goes back to Rochdale

OLDHAM RL Club have announced that half-back Steve Roper has left the club and has since signed for derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.

Roper (29) spent four seasons at Spotland before signing for Scott Naylor’s men midway through the 2014 League One campaign.

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Good news on Owen

LOOKING ahead to the Championship Shield and the seven games that will ultimately define their season, Oldham RL Club were delighted to be told that Gareth Owen’s hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared.

He won’t play at Bradford on Sunday (3pm) and he might miss the final game of the regular season against bottom-club Workington Town on Sunday, July 24, but he should be available for selection again in the first Shield game two weeks later.

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Owen injury update

OLDHAM RL Club will assess the full extent of half-back Gareth Owen’s hamstring injury at training tonight.

He hobbled off just before half-time in Sunday’s 26-24 win against Swinton Lions — the Roughyeds’ third victory in a row — and took no further part in a tight, tense derby thriller.

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Naylor ‘proud’ of his never-say-die battlers

A TEXTBOOK classic it certainly wasn’t, but for thrills and spills, drama at both ends, two totally-committed sides giving everything and a result that was in doubt until the final siren, the Oldham-Swinton game was as good as it gets.

Coming back from 12-0 down to triumph 26-24, Roughyeds made it three wins in a row and turned Scott Naylor into the happiest man in Stalybridge.

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Oldham 26 Swinton Lions 24

FOR the third game in a row we came from behind to emerge winners, this time with a two-point margin in a Bower Fold thriller.

Starting badly, we went 12-0 down in as many minutes with Lions half-back Ben White scoring twice and his half-back partner Chris Atkin converting both of them.

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Gill out for three in a row

KEIRAN Gill, who has scored a try in each of his two games for Oldham while on loan from Castleford Tigers, will be hoping to make it three in a row against Swinton Lions at Bower Fold tomorrow (Sunday).

He made a try-scoring debut in our 26-18 win against Whitehaven and followed up five days later with the first of our four tries in a terrific 24-16 win at Sheffield.

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Fans’ info ahead of Swinton game

Replica Oldham RLFC kit and match-day programmes will be on sale before the game between 2.00pm and 2.50pm from the small hut close to the Bower Fold social club.

ORSA will be putting on one of their famous “fabulous” buffets at the Workington game on July 24. Price is £10 for season-ticket holders and £25, including a seat in the stand if required, for others.

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More on Oldham v Swinton

Oldham picked up their first away victory of the 2016 season against Sheffield with a 24-16 win and moved up to tenth in the Kingstone Press Championship table, one point clear of the relegation positions.

They face local rivals Swinton Lions this weekend. Swinton have sealed victory in both derby games this season, the most recent at the Summer Bash in Blackpool. Oldham were leading 20-0 in that game at half time, before Swinton fought back to win with a late drop goal.

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Scott lauds double capture

NEW arrivals Dave Hewitt and Jack Blagbrough trained with Oldham last night and go straight into the selection mix for Sunday’s derby clash with Swinton Lions at Bower Fold (3pm).

With so much riding on the ten games left — three in the Championship and seven in the Shield — Scott Naylor says Roughyeds will be better equipped to stay out of relegation trouble after signing Hewitt and Blagbrough from Sheffield Eagles and extending Lewis Foster’s loan agreement with Leigh Centurions.

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Hewitt, Blagbrough sign on loan

OLDHAM Rugby League Club can confirm they have signed Sheffield Eagles pair Dave Hewitt and Jack Blagbrough on loan to the end of the season.

Both players will train with Scott Naylor’s squad for the first time tonight and will be in contention for Sunday’s crucial home game against Swinton Lions.

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Foster stays, Ford leaves

OLDHAM RL Club have successfully negotiated, with Leigh Centurions, an extension of Lewis Foster’s loan agreement.

The 22-year-old hooker’s initial one-month stay was up after last Friday’s win at Sheffield, but after this latest round of talks he can continue to play for Roughyeds in their battle to avoid relegation from the KP Championship.

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No need to motivate – Naylor

OLDHAM RL players will need no motivating before they tackle a Swinton Lions side that has already beaten them twice in the KP Championship this season.

So says coach Scott Naylor in the build-up to the third meeting of these derby rivals at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm kck-off).

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Kieran Gill

KIERAN Gill, the young Castleford centre who has joined Roughyeds on a month’s loan, says he is “excited” at the prospect of getting game time at Championship level.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Oldham and helping them as much as I can,” said 20-year-old Gill, who is expected to go straight into the side for the crucial Whitehaven game at Bower Fold (3pm).

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Foster to be checked out

ON-LOAN hooker Lewis Foster will be checked out at training tonight after receiving a head injury in Oldham RL Club’s defeat at London Broncos.

Only a few minutes into the game he staggered back into Oldham’s defensive line after making a tackle and was quickly removed from the action and examined by the duty doctor.

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Josh Crowley signs for Hornets

OLDHAM RLFC can confirm that Josh Crowley has been transferred to Rochdale Hornets for an undisclosed transfer fee. Crowley, who was under contract to the end of next season, told Oldham in February that he was to retire with immediate affect.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton: “It was a huge shock. We wantd to tell suppporters, but we received professional and legal advice to say nothing in order to protect the club’s interests.

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Briscoe looking ahead

CRAIG Briscoe wore a huge smile when he left the Oldham dressing room on Wednesday night after the Bradford Bulls game.

Back after a four-month break with a serious knee injury, he played quarter of an hour either side of half-time against the Bulls and came through with flying colours.

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