Foxen loan spell extended

Date published: Friday, July 27, 2012

ROB Foxen, whose loan spell at Oldham is to continue, says Roughyeds are still involved in the Championship One promotion battle.
“By winning our last two games we have put ourselves back in the mix,” said the Swinton Lions winger.
Lions have agreed to let him stay at Whitebank to the end of the season, but now on a week-to-week basis which allows them to recall him at any time.
Said Foxen: “All that’s between the two clubs. I just hope I can see out the season at Oldham and add something to the promotion fight.
“I know it’s a long shot, but stranger things have happened.
“We’ve got to keep on winning and if we can do that both Whitehaven and Rochdale will be looking over their shoulders.
“There’s a great mood in the camp.
“Our next game at Barrow on August 5 is massive and with no game this weekend we should have everyone fully fit by then.”
Foxen suffered a groin strain during the win in South Wales last Sunday but he expects to be back in full training next week.
For once, Roughyeds will be willing derby rivals Rochdale to victory over Whitehaven at Spotland on Sunday (3pm).
A Whitehaven win would take the Cumbrians six points clear of Oldham in the three-club battle for the fourth and final promotion spot.
If Hornets were to triumph, however, and also deny the Cumbrians a bonus point, both clubs would be three points ahead of Oldham, each with four to play.
Fixtures beyond this Sunday are as follows:
WHITEHAVEN (4th on 25 points): Doncaster (h), Gateshead (h), London (a), North Wales (h).
ROCHDALE: (5th on 22): London (a), South Wales (h), Barrow (h), Workington (a).
OLDHAM (6th on 22): Barrow (a), Doncaster (h), Workington (h), Gateshead (a).
Said Roughyeds boss Tony Benson: “We’ve got our confidence back now and we’re ready for anything.
“Promotion is definitely a possibility. We’ve got three tough games coming up, but we showed early season what we are capable of and if we can recapture that form we will have a good chance of taking it down to the wire.”
Hunslet Hawks have called off their under-18s match against Oldham at Whitebank tomorrow because they can’t raise a team.
Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton and under-18s coach Phil Costin have expressed their disappointment.
Said Hamilton: “They’ve only got 11 available players because of holidays, but you’ve got to plan ahead and work something out. We are not happy.”
Costin added: “We’ve eight unavailable – that’s the nature of the beast in school holidays — but we pulled out all the stops to muster 17.
“We made a commitment at the start of the season to fulfil all fixtures, and we’ve stuck to it.”