John Clough put on report

Date published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

THE gloss was taken off John Clough’s Championship One player-of-the-month award when the Oldham hooker was put on report following an incident after the final hooter in the Good Friday derby defeat at Rochdale.

In view of the pending inquiry by the RFL’s match review panel, Roughyeds are making no comment about the incident in which Hornets forward Adam Bowman ended up over the touchline in a perimeter hoarding.

John Clough

A key man in coach Tony Benson’s plans for the season, and one of five team leaders, the 27-year-old former Salford and Blackpool hooker should know later this week whether the sport’s disciplinary body feels he has a case to answer.

If they think he has, and he is charged, any hearing would take place next week, leaving Clough free to play in Sunday’s fourth-round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against Barrow Raiders at Whitebank (3pm kick off).

Three players who picked up knocks at Spotland, headed by club captain and influential stand-off Neil Roden, will be assessed at training tonight.

Roden missed the thrilling 32-26 win against Barrow in the league eight days ago because of a back complaint, but the injury that caused him to limp out of the derby clash after only six minutes was a severe dead leg and was totally unrelated.

“My back was okay,” he said. “I took a blow to my thigh muscle in my first tackle of the game. There was a lot of swelling. I could hardly walk, let alone run.

“My prospects for the Barrow cup tie will hinge on how it responds to treatment.”

Paul Smith, who suffered blurred vision after a knock to the head, and David Cookson (dislocated finger) will also need to prove their fitness before coach Tony Benson names his cup squad.

Several players who performed well in the reserve team’s 30-16 win over York last time out, led by three-try winger Shaun Robinson, could force themselves into contention.

The crowd of 1,114 at the recent Oldham-Barrow game was a Whitebank record for a league fixture and officials of both clubs expect a similar turn-out on Sunday with the possibility of a lucrative fifth-round tie against Super League opponents awaiting the winners.

Oldham seat season-ticket holders have only until 5pm this evening (Tuesday) to claim their seats on production of their season-ticket books and voucher A.

From 9am tomorrow unclaimed seats will go on general sale and they are expected to be in big demand, given that Barrow have already taken their full allocation of 50 seats in accordance with Challenge Cup rules.

“Anyone wanting a seat, season-ticket holder or otherwise, is advised to act quickly,” said chairman Chris Hamilton.

To avoid turnstile congestion ground tickets are already on sale from the club office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton, priced at £12 adults, £10 concessions and £4 under-16s, and will remain so until 5pm on Friday. The office is open each day 9am to 5pm.