Joy twins at the double

Date published: Thursday, July 11, 2013
PHIL Joy’s younger brothers, twins Andy and Richard, will make their Whitebank debuts tomorrow when Oldham under-20s go head to head with top youngsters from Super League club Salford City Reds (7.30pm).

Aged 19, the Joy twins hope to emulate big brother Phil, 21, who is enjoying a terrific first season in the Roughyeds’ promotion-seeking senior side.

Like Phil, they are both forwards, but while Phil played for Waterhead as a junior, the twins grew up at Saddleworth Rangers.

“Andy played well at loose-forward in our last game at Rochdale five weeks ago, but this will be the first time the twins have played together for Oldham,” said coach Phil Costin.

Among other local players in contention are stand-off Paddy Fitzsimmons and 18-year-old Saddleworth prop Rhys Wareing.

Costin’s cubs have won three of their last four games in the Championship Under-20s division, but they will face a tough test against table-topping Salford, who ┬áhave won 12 of their 13 games, including a 70-0 rout of second-placed Featherstone Rovers.

As Oldham’s Super League partner club, they could include players who have turned out for Oldham on dual registration, or who may do in the future.

Costin will finalise his team at training tonight in consultation with senior coaches Scott Naylor and Lee Spencer, who have three under-20s players, prop Aaron Hall, scrum-half Sam Singleton and prop Danny Rasool training with the first team in recognition of the progress they have made this season.

Centre Jon Ford, once a top player in Salford under-20s ranks and now a prolific try-scorer while on loan at Oldham, has scored at least one try in each of the Roughyeds’ last seven games.

North Wales winger Rob Massam, with 14, is the only Championship One player to have registered more tries than 19-year-old Ford, who is joined in the division’s top ten try scorers by his Oldham team mates Adam Files, with nine, and Richard Lepori, with seven.

Club captain Lewis Palfrey is second to Dylan Skee of London Skolars in goalkicking, 44 against 42, and, with 88 points, is third behind Tommy Johnson of North Wales (102) and Skee (100).

Roughyeds wish to place on record their appreciation of assistance from ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association) in the funding of loan signings Nathan Mason and Matthew Haggarty, props who are likely to make their home debuts against South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm).