‘Lippy’ off to MoscowDate published: Friday, September 11, 2015
OLDHAM go to Oxford tomorrow without full-back Richard Lepori, who will be winning his fifth cap for Italy against Russia in Moscow.
Seeking a 13th straight win to clinch the League Leaders’ Shield in their last game of the regular season, Roughyeds will be without the suspended Adam Neal and Sammy Gee, the rested Danny Langtree, long-term injury victim Steven Nield and now Lepori.
“It will be a fantastic experience playing in Moscow, but I’m gutted to be missing the Oldham game,” said Lepori, whose last appearance for Italy was against Ukraine in Kiev in July.
“I’ll be thinking about the lads in Oxford . . . while we’re sightseeing in Red Square.
“They’re determined the get the job done and win the trophy before all our thoughts turn to the promotion game at Whitebank.”
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Said coach Scott Naylor: “People will expect us to win but we’ve learned you can’t go anywhere and just assume things.
“It’s not a case of just getting through the game. I’ve got to pick a team next week for the game of the season at Whitebank so the lads who play at Oxford can stake a claim. They can make a statement.”
Oxford won at Hemel 38-16 last time out and they want to pull off the shock of the season.
“I put a lot of emphasis on finishing the season strongly,” said coach Tim Rumford. “It will be tough against the best team in the competition, but we’ve nothing to lose.”