Jarrod joins injury listDate published: Friday, April 24, 2015
WINGER Jarrod Ward (hamstring) will miss his first game of the season when League One leaders Oldham play London Skolars at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm).
Centre Tom Ashton (knee) is also out and a question mark surrounds Adam Clay, whose partner is due to have a baby.
On-loan Nathan Mason and Jon Ford are available, but there will be no dual-registered players in the squad.
Oldham (from): Nield, Ford, Tyson, Holmes, Palfrey, Roper, P Joy, Owen, Mason, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson, M Ward, R Joy, Gee, Hughes, Files, Clay, Neal, Dempsey.
Skolars are without Aussie half-back James Anthony and hooker Danny Burke, both injured, but captain David Williams is back from a loan spell with London Broncos, who have supplied their partner club with Jon Wallace, Harvey Burnett and Joel Wicks on dual registration.
Former Oldham prop Dave Ellison, who had two seasons at Oxford after leaving Whitebank, will make his 150th career appearance.
Skolars (from): Cook, Morgan, Small, Benson, Greenhalgh, Druce, Williams, Wicks, Sykes, Burnett, Boot, Fairhurst, Lovell, Ellison, Wallace, Robinson, Paxton, Connick, Chapman, Cox, Bloom.
Oldham chairman and owner Chris Hamilton will meet, on Monday, a group of fans who have “concerns” about the club’s future.
He said: “I welcome this positive move because it shows that, like me, these supporters care.
“If we can start a dialogue which has a positive outcome for all concerned, especially the club, then I’m all for it.
“At risk of repeating myself and being boring, I want people to help to take the club forward so let’s hope this is a starting point.
“As a club, we have plenty to be proud of and plenty to look forward to, so let’s pull together to achieve it.”