Jarrod fit for All Golds clashDate published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
WITH the exception of Tom Ashton, who is still waiting for a scan on his damaged left knee, table-toppers Oldham will have a full squad to choose from for the visit to Whitebank of Gloucester All Golds.
Sunday’s clash (kick-off 3pm) will give the in-form Roughyeds the opportunity to extend their 100 per cent League One record into a fifth game.
Winger Jarrod Ward missed the London Skolars game with a tight hamstring, but he trained normally last night, proved his fitness and put his hand up for selection in what, for him, will be one of the most important games of the season against one of his former clubs.
While out on loan from Championship side Halifax, he played 15 times for Gloucester last year, scoring four tries.
“Jarrod trained flat out last night with no problems so unless he suffers a reaction he will be available for selection,” confirmed coach Scott Naylor.
Jack Holmes, Michael Ward and Adam Clay, who all missed out last week in Naylor’s rotation policy, will also be back in contention.
Jon Ford’s four tries against Skolars put him among the League One leaders with a total of seven — one against Coventry at home, two in South Wales and four last time out, including three in a whirlwind 12 minutes in the second half.
Clay also has seven to his credit, but all his were scored in the two cup competitions before the league campaign got underway.
With four rounds gone, Roughyeds currently have the best defensive record in the division, the second best attacking stats and by far the biggest for-and-against differential.
They have amassed 29 League One tries — three at Rochdale, seven against Coventry at Whitebank, 10 in South Wales and nine against Skolars, also at home.