Injury Latest

Date published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

TEENAGE centre Matthew Fogarty will be treated for an abdominal injury as we start preparations for Friday’s derby clash with Rochdale Hornets at Whitebank (3pm kick off).

The 18-year-old local boy was hurt making a tackle near the end of our ten-try win over London Skolars and was forced to leave the field.

Roughyeds gave the club’s official man-of-the-match award to second-row forward Paul Noone, but chairman Chris Hamilton said Fogarty finished a close second behind Paul for the individual prize.

“He had a great game,” said Chris. “So did Mick Diveney and Shaun Robinson, but Paul Noone was our man of the match because he gave an outstanding all-round performance.

“He was heavily involved in at least two of the tries up our left side in the first half. He could have scored himself, certainly on one of them, but he took the safe option and instead set up the tries for Robbo and Brocky (Mark Brocklehurst). That epitomised his performance — so professional.”

Noone, the former Warrington, Widnes and Barrow forward, was treated near the end of the game for a severely blistered toe, but he is expected to be right for the Rochdale match.

“We are on the right lines again,” said Noone, “and hopefully we will prove that on Friday. Don’t read anything into the fact that we scored eight first-half tries against Skolars — and only two in the second half.

“I’ve been involved over the years in a lot of games where one side has built up a huge half-time lead and has then been unable to reproduce it again in the second half. It’s an extremely difficult thing to do.”

Valu Bentley, who also has an abdominal injury, will join Fogarty for rehab and assessment before coach Tony Benson names his squad to take on the Hornets.

Jack Bradbury and Liam Gilchrist helped the Reserves to a 52-16 win over York City Knights on Saturday but Luke Sutton was unavailable due to work commitments..

Ben Wood, who damaged a thumb in the first-team’s defeat at Keighley two weeks ago, had recovered sufficiently to be named as 18th man against Skolars yesterday.

Benson revealed that in the two weeks Oldham had to get ready for the Skolars game they had shifted the emphasis in training from physical disciplines to mental ones.

“We worked on our heads,” he said. “It was different, but I’m sure it has made a difference. It’s all about mental toughness and our ability as a team to maintain what we are doing while under pressure.”