Files set back

Date published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
WE didn’t play Adam Files at Hunslet because he suffered a setback in training following keyhole surgery on a damaged knee.
His rehabilitation had been going well, so much so that coach Scott Naylor felt there was a chance of the young hooker being available for selection in the top-of-the-table clash with the Hawks.
It didn’t happen — and club and player are now back to square one.
Said Scott: “He was coming along nicely, but then he started to have problems with the knee again and now we’re not sure where we stand with it.
“He’s had a camera into the knee and a general clean-out, but he’s started to have problems with it again which suggests there is still something wrong.”
In the team Naylor fielded in a 38-12 defeat at the South Leeds Stadium there was no room for Steven Nield, Edwin Okanga-Ajwang, Paddy Mooney or Brett Robinson.
Scrum-half Robinson, a new signing from Oxford this year, had played in every previous game this season, but on this occasion Naylor paired Kenny Hughes with Lewis Palfrey at half-back.
David Cookson returned after injury at centre, taking over from Sam Gee who became one of the four substitutes and Danny Whitmore’s replacement hooker.
There were no new injuries reported after the game in which Oldham suffered their first league defeat of the season after three wins and a draw.
York’s narrow 30-26 win at Gateshead (five tries apiece) pushed Roughyeds into third place, five points behind Hunslet and two behind York, but with a game in hand on the leaders.
With no Championship One games this weekend because of fifth-round ties in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, Oldham’s next match is at Whitebank on Sunday week, May 4 (3pm) against fifth-placed Oxford.
The under-20s play Sheffield this Saturday, April 26, at the Hillsborough Arena Middlewood Rd, Sheffield S6 4HA, kicking off at 2pm.