First Team Update

Date published: Friday, March 25, 2011

TWO more players from the Roughyeds’ reserves side have been drafted into the squad for Sunday’s clash with derby rivals Swinton Lions at Whitebank (3pm).
Shaun Robinson (21), the former Saddleworth Rangers winger who became contracted to Roughyeds a few weeks ago, steps up to the seniors, as does 20-year-old forward Danny Langtree, who comes from St Helens.
“Both these boys deserve their chance,” said head coach Tony Benson, “and their call-up underpins the faith we have in our youth policy and the major part it is to play as we aim to build for the future.
“Shaun is a good winger, who returns the ball strongly and who takes up good defensive positions. I’ve been impressed with his performances in the reserves.
“Danny has also been going well in the second team. He is a good forward who can play anywhere in the pack.”
Tony won’t finalise his side until as late as possible because so many senior players are currently on the injured list, but he now has four players from the reserves on stand-by — Robinson, Langtree, Alistair Williams, who will definitely play, and Michael Ward.
The Reserves, meanwhile, take on Keighley at Whitebank tomorrow (2.30 kick off) with a side showing numerous changes because of the demands of fhe first team.
Interestingly, the squad includes local lad Liam Bland, who grew up at Waterhead,  and later joined St Helens. More recently, he has been living and playing in Australia.
The squad is (in no particular order): Chris Dean, Alex Thompson, Lewis Brookes, Stephen Lynch, Terry Bridge, Steven Nield, Tommy Connick, Jamie Dallimore, new boy Chris Headen, Danny Langtree, Michael Cadd, Scott Mansfield, Brett Robinson, Matty Barber, Adam Hunt, Austen Barrowclough, Tom Crosby and the second newcomer, Liam Bland.
Finally, Roughyeds are delighted to report that the planning application, details of which were reported on the website a few weeks ago, was approved unanimously last night by Oldham Council. Details will be announced early next week.