Hughes ruled out

Date published: Friday, July 18, 2014
HOOKER Kenny Hughes is out of Oldham’s big game at York on Sunday — and four more players face late fitness checks.
Doubtful are Nathan Mason, Jon Ford, Mo Agoro and Ben Wood.
On-loan Mason, a full-time pro at Huddersfield Giants, damaged a stomach muscle while training with his parent club early in the week.
Ford has gone down with a chest complaint, while Agoro has a knee problem and Wood is having treatment for a leg injury.
On the flip side, George Tyson is expected to be fit after recovering from a back strain which affected his hamstrings and Danny Whitmore is free to play again after serving his one-match ban.
Hughes damaged an ankle near the end of last Sunday’s hefty win against Gloucester All Golds and will be forced to sit this one out.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “We’ll look at how things are on Saturday morning and I’ll weigh up who’s available and who isn’t.
“New signing Adam Clay is available for selection if we need him , but he isn’t 100 per cent fit.”
The former Barrow winger is waiting for a scan on a suspect right ankle, but he has been training and, if required, he will play.
Injury concerns apart, Oldham travel to take on the league leaders with plenty of positives in their armoury.
They are the only side in the division with an unbeaten home record and they have suffered fewer defeats — two — than anybody else, York and Hunslet each having been turned over three times.
As well as losing at Oldham, York lost at home to Oxford and away to Gloucester, both of whom Roughyeds have beaten home and away.
Naylor’s men also head the divisional lists of try-scorers (Dale Bloomfield), goals (Lewis Palfrey) and points (Palfrey).
Naylor will pick from these: Joy, Langtree, Gee, Crowley, Ward, Mooney, Whitmore, Cookson, Agoro, Bloomfield, Robinson, Boults, Thompson, Palfrey, Hobbs, Nield, Wood, Tyson, Roper, Mason, Ford, Clay.
Said York boss Gary Thornton: “We’ve won our last five, but this one will be a much tougher challenge. It will be a lot more intense and played at a faster pace.”
Thornton is expected to field an unchanged squad, with Iain Morrison (arm) and Brad Brennan (suspended) still ruled out.
York (from): Haynes, Saltonstall, Ford, Day, Dent, Reynolds, P Smith, Roche, Lee, Aldous, Mallinder, E Smith, Pickets, Brining, Paterson, Leary, Backhouse.