Lucas Onyango

Date published: Monday, September 10, 2012

OLDHAM winger Lucas Onyango’s 2012 season ended early at Workington yesterday when he was pulled out of the Roughyeds’ line-up only minutes before the start of a hard-fought elimination play-off.

He was named on the official team sheet and took part in the pre-match warm-up, but the player wearing Onyango’s No 2 shirt when the teams ran on to the field was young reserve team forward Phil Joy.

Caretaker coach Martin Roden had to reshuffle his side at the last minute, switching Mark McCully from centre to wing; taking Paul Noone out of the pack to fill-in at centre; and calling up Joy, the travelling reserve, to take Noon’s place in the forwards.

Despite that setback, and the sin-binning of young prop Jamie Acton after only five minutes, the battling Roughyeds led 19-6 at one stage and were pipped at the post by a last-minute try from Town centre James Mossop which gave them a 34-29 victory.

Commenting on the Onyango situation, Roden said: “It was just typical of our season really. He had a rib injury, but we felt he would be okay, perhaps with help from a pain-killing injection.

“He was really sore after the warm-up, however, and at that stage it was decided it was unwise for him to play or to have an injection.”

Referee Gareth Hewer confirmed after the game that he placed on report an incident just before half-time in which Jarrad Stack, the Workington second-row forward, complained to the match official that there were tooth marks in his arm.

After the stoppage, play resumed with an Oldham play-the-ball. No action was taken at the time.

Said Hewer: “I looked at what the Workington player wanted to show me and placed the incident on report. It now goes to the RFL.”

The first team’s end-of-season presentation night takes place at Whitebank on Friday with a three-course meal and musical entertainment provided by the Jerzey Street Band, a group of local musicians who have recently released an album in the United States. Admission is £20, tickets from the Rougheds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677).