Alex Thompson back

Date published: Thursday, June 14, 2012

YOUNG back-row forward Alex Thompson, out for nearly four weeks with a knee injury, will return to action at York tonight (thurs) in the Oldham RL reserves team to face the City Knights at Huntington Stadium (8pm).

Head coach Tony Benson will be hoping the 21-year-old former Warrington Wolves academy star comes through with flying colours to force himself into contention for a senior call-up in the big game against derby rivals Rochdale Hornets at Whitebank on Sunday week, June 24.

Centre David Cookson and second-row man Jamie Acton will also be looking to push their first-team claims against a strong York line-up which includes several senior men returning from injury.

Roughyeds will give a debut to new signing Ryan Hilliard, a young amateur scrum-half from the St Helens area.

With props Bruce Johnson (work) and Phil Joy (injured) unable to play, coach Paul Ashton will have to field a lightweight front-row and may be forced to use Sam Cunningham, Danny Langtree, Acton and Mark Thomas, his four second-rowers, in rotation.

Squad (from): Lloyd, Fisher, Hinsley, Nield, Worrall, Connick, Noon, Hughes, Cunningham, Langtree, Moran, Acton, Thomas, Mansfield, Cookson, Thompson, Hilliard.