Home debut for Holdroyd

Date published: Saturday, May 5, 2012

MASTER craftsman Graham Holroyd is set to make his home debut for Oldham RL Club tomorrow.

The 36-year-old midfield maestro, a short-term replacement for injured skipper Neil Roden, played in the draw at London Skolars a fortnight ago but missed the cup-tie at St Helens because of a slight ankle strain.

Fully recovered now, he will experience Whitebank and its pronounced slope for the first time in the game against Clive Griffiths’s Wrexham-based North Wales Crusaders (3pm kick-off).

Also back in the squad are hooker John Clough after suspension and prop Luke Stenchion after three months out with a broken thumb.

Full-back Miles Greenwood, who twisted an ankle at Langtree Park, back-row forward Paul Smith (hamstring) and winger Lucas Onyango (knee) will all have late fitness tests before coach Tony Benson reveals his hand.

Provisional squad: Greenwood, Brocklehurst, Fogarty, Cookson, Robinson, Whitmore, Dallimore, Boults, M Roden, Clarke, Ward, McCully, Bentley, Ellison, Syron, Thompson, Acton, Gilchrist, Johnson, Clough, Smith, Stenchion, Onyango, Holroyd.

In the Crusaders’ camp it will be a big day for the Welsh club’s Oldham-born forward Anthony Morrison, whose father Tony and grandfather, Ray Clark, both played for Oldham in the club’s Watersheddings days.

Assistant coach John Fieldhouse also has Oldham connections, having played 61 games for the old club between 1989 and 1991.

He took over as caretaker player-coach when Tony Barrow was sacked in January, 1991 but was himself succeeded by Peter Tunks at the end of that season despite leading the side to eight wins in 14 outings.