Late decision on ClayDate published: Friday, August 21, 2015
TOP try scorer Adam Clay, out of Oldham’s last three games with broken ribs, could make a shock return against his former club Barrow in Sunday’s big game at Whitebank.
Scott Naylor and the club’s medical team will make a final decision on the 19-try winger at ‘Captain’s Knock’ training tomorrow morning.
Clay scored a brace of tries in each of Oldham’s two previous games against Barrow this season, both of them on his old stomping ground at Craven Park.
Naylor said of Clay’s prospects: “He’s a possibility — no more than that — but we’re leaving a decision for as long as possible.”
Elliott Liku is out with a shoulder injury and Will Hope, the other deadline-day signing, is working on his fitness and is likely to be available for selection for the Swinton game on September 6.
Oldham’s prospects of finishing top were enhanced last night when second-placed York were pipped 30-28 at home by North Wales Crusaders.
Crusaders led 28-0 at half time, but in a stunning turnaround York squared things up at 28-28 before Tommy Johnson hit the winning penalty goal for the Welshmen with five minutes left.
York are still four points behind Roughyeds, each with three to play.
Said Naylor: “In a sense York’s defeat makes it even more important that we carry on winning. We’ve got to grasp every opportunity that comes our way.
“Barrow have beaten us once. They’ve some quality players and they’ll come with a lot of desperation because they need to beat us to climb into the top five.
“We’ve put ourselves into a position where everything is in our own hands.
“It’s something vastly different to what we’ve been used to previously, but it’s where we want to be as a club, as a team and as a group of people.”
Oldham (from): Gee, Lepori, Tyson, Ashton, Ford, Hewitt, Palfrey, P Joy, Owen, Neal, Langtree, Crowley, Thompson, Files, Hughes, Ward, Roper, Clay, R Joy, Dempsey.