Agoro,Cookson in fitness fight

Date published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
RIGHT-FLANK partners David Cookson and Mo Agoro are fighting for fitness as Oldham RL Club get ready for Sunday’s clash with Hemel Stags at Whitebank.
Agoro played in 22 of the Roughyeds’ 24 games last season, scoring nine tries, but he pulled a groin in training last week and was forced to miss the first game of this year’s Championship One campaign in South Wales.
Cookson, his regular centre, was under treatment last week for a similar injury and he suffered a recurrence on a heavy pitch at Maesteg.
“At this stage both are in doubt,” said coach Scott Naylor. “With hindsight it was perhaps a mistake to play Cookie (Cookson) in Wales.
“A couple of other players picked up knocks, but the big question marks concern Cookie and Mo. Groin injuries can be very problematical.”
Naylor played Steven Nield on the right wing last Sunday with Tom Whitehead at full-back, but if he had cause to find a replacement for Cookson as well that might prove more of a teaser.
One solution would be to keep Sam Gee at centre and to recall Ben Wood, who was 18th man for the ill-fated game in Maesteg, which was abandoned near the end with players from both sides suffering the effects of hypothermia.
Also pushing for a recall will be back-row forward Mark Hobson who, along with new recruit George Tyson, didn’t make the squad which led 18-4 when referee Adam Gill called a halt with eight minutes still to play.
Dale Bloomfield went off with hypothermia-type symptoms early in the second half and it has since emerged that, although they managed to stay on the field, Danny Whitmore, Brett Robinson and Kenny Hughes were also in trouble from the severe cold.
The club is still waiting for a ruling from the RFL as to whether the result will stand.
Prop Phil Joy, who has also been battling against a groin injury, may be cleared for his first run-out of the year in the under-20s side to play Leigh Centurions at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm).
Season tickets will be available for collection from the refreshment trailer at Whitebank at Saturday’s game and also from the social club between 1.30pm and 2.30pm before Sunday’s first team game.
The Tetley’s Challenge Cup third-round tie away to Cumbrian amateurs Egremont will be played a week on Saturday, March 15, at the Copeland Stadium in Whitehaven, kick off 3pm.
Admission prices are £10 adults, £5 concessions, £3 under-16s.
Situated on Overend Road, Whitehaven (postcode CA28 8SD), Copeland Stadium is a community facility managed by the Cumbrian Academy of Sport on behalf of the local council.