Acton thrown against the Saints

Date published: Thursday, April 26, 2012

NEW boy Jamie Acton may make his senior Oldham debut in tomorrow night’s cup-tie at St Helens.

The 19-year-old Londoner, formerly with Wigan Warriors, is included in a 19-man Roughyeds squad which will be cut at training tonight to 17 and a reserve.

A second-row forward or centre, cage-fighter Acton is contracted to Oldham until November 30.

He has a good chance of making the cut given that regular second-row men Paul Noone and Paul Smith are both out injured.

Winger Lucas Onyango (hamstring and knee) has also failed a fitness test, while 36-year old stand-off Graham Holroyd will not be risked after he picked up a slight knock to an ankle in the 20-20 draw at London Skolars.

Squad replacements for Noone, Smith, Onyango and Holroyd are Mark Brocklehust, David Cookson, Acton, Liam Gilchrist and Bruce Johnson.

OLDHAM (from): Greenwood; Brocklehurst, Cookson, Fogarty, Robinson; Dallimore, Whitmore; Boults, M Roden, Clarke, Ward, McCully, Bentley, Thompson, Acton, Syron, Ellison, Gilchrist, Johnson.

Saints will field most of their big-name stars.

Tommy Makinson returns from injury, while Anthony Walker is called up after impressing in the under-20s side.

Anthony Laffranchi took a knock in the recent game against Widnes and is unavailable.

The squad includes two Oldhamers —- Mark Flanagan at loose-forward and Joe Greenwood, a 19-year-old back-row man and former Saddleworth Rangers youngster.

ST HELENS (from): Wellens; Shenton, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Flannery, Flanagan, Clough, Magennis, Dixon, Gaskell, Makinson,  Forster, Jones, Greenwood, Walker.

Tickets for the tie are available at the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton until 3pm on Friday.