Leatherbarrow set for return to old stomping ground

SCOTT Leatherbarrow, Oldham’s midfield pivot, doesn’t think his first-hand knowledge of Batley’s slope will have any significance on how Roughyeds shape-up in the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

Of greater relevance, he says, is whether Oldham can again play as well as they did against Sheffield and London Broncos at Bower Fold and against Featherstone and Rochdale on the road.

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Tuoyo, Thompson pushing for recalls

TUOYO Egodo will be pushing to regain his place in Oldham’s back division at Batley on Sunday.

On loan from Castleford Tigers, the 20-year-old Londoner didn’t play against Haydock in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in order to preserve his eligibility for Tigers if required later in the competition.

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Cup tie tickets on sale soon

ROUGHYEDS fans can make substantial savings by buying tickets for the cup-tie at Featherstone in advance from Oldham.

The fifth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie will be played at The Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday, April 23 with a 3pm kick-off.

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Championship Special on BBC Radio Manchester

Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton will be a studio guest on Radio Manchester’s regular Thursday night Rugby League Hour tomorrow between 6pm and 7pm.

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Turner doubt for Batley trip

FULL-BACK Scott Turner, who didn’t train last night, remains doubtful with a knee injury for Oldham’s KP Championship game at Batley Bulldogs on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

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Leatherbarrow back on familiar territory

BATLEY’S notorious slope will hold no fears for Oldham when they return to Kingstone Press Championship action at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium (Mount Pleasant) on Sunday.

Outside of the Bulldogs camp, few know the peculiarities of THAT pitch — and how to make the most of it — better than Roughyeds stand-off Scott Leatherbarrow, who played on it for two years as a pivotal member of the Batley side in 2014 and 2015.

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Tough ask — Featherstone away

OLDHAM drew one of the toughest asks of the round when paired with Featherstone Rovers at The Big Fellas Stadium in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

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Ladbrokes Challenge Cup ties in full

Salford Red Devils to face Toronto Wolfpack in fifth round of Ladbrokes Challenge Cup

The draw for the fifth round of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place live on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast Show this morning (Tuesday, March 21).

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Naylor hopes for a money spinner

SCOTT Naylor will be looking for a money-spinner when Oldham go into the draw tomorrow (Tues) morning for the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Also in the hat will be Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, Leigh Centurions, Salford Red Devils, Hull KR, Featherstone, Doncaster, York City Knights, Halifax, Batley, Swinton, Barrow, Toronto Wolfpack, Dewsbury and Whitehaven or Oxford, who have still to play their fourth-round tie.

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Scott not happy with slow start

SCOTT Naylor heaped praise on Haydock’s passion and energy while admitting that he was less than happy with how Oldham started.

Roughyeds went two tries down inside the first ten minutes as the amateurs gave their vociferous fans plenty of reasons to raise the roof for the benefit of the BBC’s streamed internet coverage.

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A day to remember

AFTER a poor start, in which Roughyeds went 8-0 down in the first ten minutes, Scott’s boys got their act together to qualify for the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a 40-12 win against a brave and plucky Haydock.

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Cup tie match-day programme

IF fans are looking for a souvenir of tomorrow’s Oldham versus Haydock cup tie —- a history-making game for the community club —- they might consider the purchase of the glossy, 24-page match programme for £2.50.

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Tony Barrow — RIP

THE heartfelt condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd go to the family of Tony Barrow jnr, who has died in his home town of St Helens after a long illness. He was 45.

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We need to have the right attitude — Owen

THE last thing Gareth Owen wants in his early days as Oldham captain is to go down in Roughyeds folklore as the first player to lead a side beaten by amateurs.

It’s never happened in the modern era, Oldham having won all 18 of their pro-am clashes since the launch of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd, including a 34-10 defeat of Saddleworth Rangers at Boundary Park in 2006.

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Cup can be a money-spinner — Naylor

SCOTT Naylor has outlined the importance of a decent cup run for a club like Oldham.

While acknowledging that progress in the KP Championship is the Roughyeds’ priority, he said there was money to be made in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and that was a major incentive.

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ROCA funding for Oldham RLFC Community Trust

OLDHAM Rugby League Club’s Community Trust has received a £500 ‘Respect Our Community’ (ROCA) award, run by First Choice Homes Oldham.

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Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round draw

Former Great Britain, England and Wigan winger Jason Robinson OBE will be the special guest at the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round draw on Tuesday, March 21 (from 7.45am).
Broadcast live on BBC 5 Live’s Breakfast Show, Robinson will be conducting the draw alongside show presenter, Rachel Burden.

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Green light for Gill

CASTLEFORD Tigers have done Oldham a big Challenge Cup favour by allowing Kieran Gill to play for them against Haydock in Saturday’s fourth-round tie at Bower Fold (1pm kick-off).

Neither his Tigers team mate Tuoyo Egodo nor the Salford Red Devils prop Liam Bent, who are on loan at Oldham, will be eligible.

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Unlucky Walne leaves a hole

SCOTT Naylor will be looking at the possibility of replacing injured Jordan Walne in an Oldham squad which is starting to look light on numbers.

In his first game for Roughyeds after signing on loan for a month from Salford Red Devils, Walne broke a hand in the 26-all draw at Rochdale on Sunday.

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Big-game treatment by BBC, RFL

BBC camera crews will be at Oldham RL Club’s training session tonight, filming and interviewing ahead of the Roughyeds’ fourth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against amateurs Haydock at Bower Fold on Saturday.

The tie, kicking off at 1pm, will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

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Walne breaks a hand

JORDAN Walne’s brief stay at Oldham is over as the club comes to terms with another injury blow.

Signed on a month’s loan from Salford Red Devils only last Thursday, the prop-forward made a big impact on debut at Rochdale Hornets on Sunday.

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Oldham denied in the last few minutes

MORE heartbreak for Oldham, who had Hornets on the ropes with a few minutes left and then allowed them to snatch an unlikely draw with two converted tries.

A gripping derby ended all square at 26-26, both Scott Naylor and Alan Kilshaw agreeing afterwards that Oldham were the better side and deserved to win.

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Naylor out to nail the ‘W’ factor

SCOTT Naylor talked of the “brutality” of the Kingstone Press Championship after watching Oldham lose their stranglehold on the Rochdale derby in the dying minutes.

Gavin Bennion and Ryan Maneely scored last-gasp tries for Hornets as Naylor’s men surrendered a 12-point lead to finish with a 26-all draw.

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How our derby-day opponents see it

WORKING on the principle that it’s good to know how opponents are thinking — and talking — this is what Hornets boss Alan Kilshaw said of Sunday’s derby at the Crown Oil Arena in an article in the Rochdale Observer…

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New boys ‘in the mix’ for derby thriller

NEW loan signings Jordan Walne and Liam Bent will be among 23 players from whom Scott Naylor will name his Oldham 17 for Sunday’s finely-balanced derby at Rochdale.

The two forwards arrived from Salford Red Devils yesterday to compensate for the continuing injury absence of prop Phil Joy with a dislocated shoulder and to make up for having no dual-registered players from injury-hit Huddersfield Giants for the third week in a row.

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Salford Red Devils pair sign on loan

OLDHAM have signed Salford Red Devils forwards Jordan Walne and Liam Bent, each on a month’s loan.

Both can play prop or second-row and they’ve been recruited because front-row man Phil Joy is out with a dislocated shoulder and other forwards were also in the wars in the Roughyeds’ last game at Hull KR.

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Kingstone Press Championship Round 6 Preview

“We’ve always had some big games against them, we’ve had a couple of seasons in different divisions and now we’re back in the same one, it’s good for the game. The fans love it and it’s good for the lads to play in a derby game because it’s always good to play your main rivals” — Scott

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Fingers crossed for Joy

PHIL Joy, anchor man of the Oldham front-row and the club’s biggest forward, may need an operation on the shoulder he dislocated in the last home game against London Broncos.

The 25-year-old prop has been a fixture in the Roughyeds’ engine room since Scott Naylor’s arrival as boss in the autumn of 2012, having played in 103 of the club’s 113 games since then, up to and including the Broncos game at Bower Fold on February 19.

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Haydock — Brunch and Crunch

Roughyeds are offering fans the chance to sample match-day hospitality at the fourth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against community club Haydock. The game is being streamed live by the BBC and takes place on Saturday March 18 (kick off 1.00pm).

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Our cup-tie streamed live

OLDHAM RL Club’s fourth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against community club Haydock ARLFC has been selected by BBC Sport as the feature game of the round.

As such, it will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website from Bower Fold, Stalybridge, kicking off at 1pm on Saturday, March 18. The kick-off has been brought forward by one hour.

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Win tickets to Summer Bash

Oldham are offering fans the chance to win a pair of reserved Saturday tickets for this year’s Summer Bash game in Blackpool.

We face our near neighbours and old foe Rochdale Hornets in the seaside resort and you can be there to cheer on the team by entering our easy to play competition.

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Digital Partner signed up to Summer Bash event

The Rugby Football League are pleased to announce BedzRus as an ‘Official Digital Partner’ for the Kingstone Press Summer Bash.

BedzRus are a leading ecommerce retailer and bed specialist based in Bradford. They will be the digital partner for the Kingstone Press Summer Bash in Blackpool, as well as partnering with the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle a week before.

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Gearing up for a derby thriller

OLDHAM will be out to avenge their 24-12 Law Cup defeat by Rochdale at Bower Fold in Sunday’s tough-to-call derby at the Crown Oil Arena.

It will be the first of three, and maybe four, Championship clashes featuring these near neighbours, who rarely fail to get both sets of rival fans on the edge of their seats.

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Late postponement unavoidable

OLDHAM RL Club has apologised to supporters for the late postponement of the Dewsbury Rams game at Bower Fold yesterday.

It was called off at 1.45pm — 15 minutes before turnstiles opened and 75 minutes before kick-off — because the pitch had quickly become waterlogged.

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Prices slashed for Haydock cup-tie

IN consultation with Haydock ARLFC, Oldham have slashed admission prices for their fourth round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at Bower Fold, which will be played on Saturday, March 18, kick-off 2pm.

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Grimmer milestone: 150 games coming up

IF Danny Grimshaw plays for Roughyeds against Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) it will be his 150th career game.

He’s on the verge of reaching this career milestone after making 94 appearances for Hunslet, 29 at York, two at Doncaster and 24 at Oldham.

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Haydock here in Challenge Cup

OLDHAM will be on guard and primed to tackle giant-killers when they face Haydock amateurs, from St Helens, at Bower Fold in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The only community club still left in the competition, Haydock have made cup history by becoming the first team from the eighth tier of rugby league to reach this stage.

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Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round draw made

OLDHAM will play a home tie against amateurs Haydock — the only community club still left in the competition – in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The draw too place on HMS Bulwark in Plymouth.

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Joy to have a scan

PROP Phil Joy was to have a scan today on the shoulder he dislocated in Oldham’s 20-18 defeat by London Broncos at Bower Fold ten days ago.

A powerhouse in the Roughyeds’ front-row, he will be hoping to be back as quickly as possible, having already missed the heavy defeat at Hull KR.

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Tyson ban now cleared

SCOTT Naylor has promised that Oldham will be back to their pre-Hull KR form against Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold on Sunday.

Danny Grimshaw suffered a head injury after half an hour and will be assessed during the week, but George Tyson has now cleared his four-match ban after being sent off for striking at the end of the pre-season Law Cup game against Rochdale.

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What Scott said . . .

NEVER one to make excuses and always calling it as he sees it, Scott Naylor said he was disappointed with Oldham’s performance in a 48-0 defeat Hull KR, but he promised that his Roughyeds wouldn’t play like that again when Dewsbury Rams come to Bower Fold next Sunday (3pm kick-off).

He said: “Previously this season we’ve based our performances on a good attitude, big hearts and maximum effort and in most of the boys those three key ingredients were missing this time.

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One ‘toughie’ too far . . .

PERHAPS it was one ‘toughie’ too far for Oldham, who beat Sheffield Eagles convincingly and then held both Featherstone Rovers away and London Broncos at home to two-point winning margins before finally succumbing 48-0 to a powerful Hull KR outfit at KCOM Craven Park.

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Hull KR v Oldham — Preview

OLDHAM under Scott Naylor return to the scene of their greatest triumph tomorrow (Sunday) when they travel to Hull KR.

At the end of last season Rovers were devastated when they lost to Salford City Reds in the Million Pound Game to a golden-point extra-time drop goal and thus lost their place in Super League.

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Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round draw

The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup heads to Plymouth for the fourth round draw and will be conducted on board HMS Bulwark on Tuesday, February 28 (from 7.00pm).

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No dual-reg for Hull KR game

IF Oldham’s game at Championship leaders Hull KR wasn’t tough enough, they go to KCOM Craven Park on Sunday (3pm) without any dual-reg support for the first time this season.

An injury pile-up at Huddersfield Giants means Roughyeds have to go it alone — and that at a time when Phil Joy is out with a dislocated shoulder and George Tyson is still working off his four-match suspension.

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Briscoe’s recovery is well ahead of schedule

Oldham RL club’s long term injury victim Craig Briscoe could be pushing for a return to action sooner than expected.

The former Leigh and Barrow second-row forward had major surgery last month to rebuild his right knee. It was thought he would be out for much of the season but latest progress reports indicate that he is ahead of initial timescales.

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Tough-guy Joy fighting back

FORTY-EIGHT hours after dislocating a shoulder, Oldham RL prop Phil Joy reported for training as usual last night and wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

“He’s a tough lad,” said coach Scott Naylor. “But that doesn’t mean we can rush him back. He’ll have to have a statutory lay–off —- not sure for how long —- to make sure everything settles down.

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News from the changing room

Oldham Captain Gareth Owen talks about the opening games of the season and looks forward to Hull KR

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Nutrition X Partnership Release

Oldham RLFC have announced sports nutrition specialists Nutrition X as Official Nutrition Partner to the Club for the 2017 season, providing each of the players with a range of scientifically developed supplements to help maximise training and performance.

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Roughyeds trip to Toulouse

Come and show your support for the Roughyeds in Toulouse.

A two night stay at the Ibis Toulouse Centre Hotel flying from Stansted Airport on Friday April 7 and returning on Sunday April 9.

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Old Haunts: The Lost World of Rugby League

Join fans and historians from across the country as we salute the lost clubs and grounds of rugby league. We will be collecting your memories and thoughts and turning them into a memorial to days gone by as well as uncovering the archival evidence of their heritage.

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No joy for unlucky Phil

OLDHAM RL Club are anxiously waiting for medical reports on in-form front-rower Phil Joy, who was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder after the 20-18 defeat by London Broncos at Bower Fold.

He was injured at the height of an intense battle with Roughyeds clinging to an 18-16 lead.

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Scott Lauds his battlers

COACHING staff and management alike have expressed the view that one sure way of improving Oldham’s Championship league position this year is to attain a consistent level of performance.

Three games in, the progress report has to be: ‘ Outstanding so far, now keep it up.’

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Heartbreak Hotel — But what a match!

IF Roughyeds continue to play with the pride and passion they’ve displayed in their three Championship games so far, fans are going to enjoy a fabulous 2017 season.

Sadly, and worryingly, only 558 supporters were at Bower Fold to see Scott Naylor’s men come up with boundless energy, pan loads of passion and a deep-seated iron will before going down to a heart-breaking 20-18 defeat by London Broncos.

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Bright start needed — Naylor

SCOTT Naylor will demand a whirlwind start from Oldham against London Broncos’ full-timers at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm).

Despite spending heavily for an all-out assault on promotion to Super League, the Londoners won narrowly at Swinton Lions and then suffered a home defeat by Hull KR in their first two Championship outings.

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Big day for Leatherbarrow

SCOTT Leatherbarrow played 17 times last year for a London Broncos side that finished second to Leigh Centurions in the regular Championship season and then took Salford Red Devils to the wire for the right to play in the Million Pound Game.

A Wiganer, he later moved back north to become a Roughyed on a two-year deal — and on Sunday he faces the prospect of going head to head with his former team, shouldering heavy responsibility as our chief play-maker, main tactical kicker, vice-captain and goalkicker.

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Summer Bash 2017 — 100 days to go

Our 2017 Summer Bash fixture against Rochdale Hornets is only 100 days away today.

Taking place on Saturday May 27 (2.30pm KO) at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground, the Oldham/Hornets game is one of four to take place that afternoon and fans with day or weekend tickets will be able to take in all the thrilling action.

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Thaler the man in charge

BEN Thaler, one of England’s top referees, will handle Oldham’s Kingstone Press Championship game against London Broncos at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Thaler (35), from Wakefield, and Oldham’s Robert Hicks were England’s full-time referees on the international panel that officiated at last year’s Four Nations Series.

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Naylor getting ready for London

LIAM Thompson and Ben Davies, both out for several weeks with lower-back problems, could be pushing for recalls as early as this weekend, revealed Oldham RL boss Scott Naylor after last night’s training session.

Sammy Gee, also absent through injury at Featherstone, is another who might be available for Sunday’s tough clash with London Broncos at Bower Fold (3pm).

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Nealo on the start to the season

Firstly I would like to say hello to all fans and speaking on behalf of all the players, a massive thank you for all the support at home and especially away!

To review the last few weeks starting with the loss at Featherstone. The loss was massively disappointing, I think myself and all the lads were gutted with the result and we were confident we could win that game.

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Good news on Thompson, Davies

FEARS that Oldham RL Club’s back-row grafter and 2016 player of the year Liam Thompson could be out for a long time with a lower-back injury have been allayed.

He hasn’t played since hurting his back in the first of three pre-season warm-up games at Swinton on January 8 and then aggravating it when shaken up in a road accident.

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Naylor puzzled by penalty count differential

SCOTT Naylor will be asking the Rugby Football League to identify differences between what Featherstone were doing and what Oldham were doing in an evenly-contested game which Rovers edged 8-6.

Referee Tom Grant awarded the home side 11 penalties, including six in a row, either side of half-time.

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Scott salutes his heroes

SCOTT Naylor’s heroes gave Featherstone Rovers the fright of their lives before going down 8-6 in wet, windy, wintry weather at The Big Fellas Stadium.

Roughyeds did definitely NOT deserve to lose and some would argue they played the horrendous conditions better than Rovers and were, therefore, the better side.

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Oldham swoop for teenage Tiger

TEENAGE centre or wing Tuoyo Egodo, a full-time pro at Castleford Tigers, has signed for Oldham on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old Londoner, who has “huge potential” according to Tigers boss Daryl Powell, was also being hunted down by Hull KR, Bradford and an unnamed Super League club.

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Rob runs for Maggie’s

OUR partnership with Maggie’s has inspired Roughyeds’ fan Rob Nixon to raise money for the cancer support charity’s soon-to-open Oldham centre by running in the ASICS Greater Manchester marathon on Sunday, April 2.

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