Luke back in contention

Date published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

PROP Luke Stenchion, out since he broke a thumb at Whitehaven in pre-season, may be back in action this week to give injury-hit Oldham a boost ahead of Sunday’s game against North Wales Crusaders at Whitebank (3pm).

It isn’t known yet whether he will have a run-out in Thursday’s reserve team game against Halifax at Whitebank (7.45pm) or be held back for Sunday’s Championship One game against the Wrexham-based Welshmen, who will be coming to Oldham for the first time.

That decision may be made this evening when several players will have injuries checked out, headed by full-back Miles Greenwood, who went over on an ankle in Friday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup defeat at St Helens.

The injury is not as serious as first feared, but whether he has a chance of playing at weekend will depend on how it responds to treatment over the next few days.

Also in for medical checks will be Paul Smith (hamstring), Paul Noone (ankle), Lucas Onyango (knee) and Graham Holroyd (ankle), who all missed Friday’s cup-tie along with the suspended John Clough.

Clugh has now finished his two-match ban so he will be in contention to return to the 17-man squad.

The RFL match review panel has issued a formal caution to Oldham half-back Jamie Dallimore for making ‘dangerous contact’ with James Roby just after half-time in the St Helens cup tie.

Referee George Stokes penalised Dallimore and put him in the sin-bin.

The attendance of 5,746, which included a sizeable following from Oldham, was the biggest of the round — remarkable considering there were two all-Super League ties in Salford City Reds v Leeds Rhinos (4,500) and the televised Warrington Wolves v Bradford Bulls clash (5,505).

Crowd figures at the other five ties were Batley Bulldogs v London Broncos (1,025), Catalan Dragons v Sheffield Eagles (3,102), Featherstone Rovers v Wigan Warriors (4,082), Huddersfield Giants v Swinton Lions (2,617) and Leigh Centurions v Halifax (2,182).

The turn-out at Langtree Park fully justified Oldham’s decision to play there.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “We were pleased on the night to see how many people turned up, but when you look at other attendances it becomes even more pleasing.

“Everyone connected with the Oldham club enjoyed the occasion, including the players.

“Tony Benson (coach) has said the players got lots of positives out of the tie and he hopes to take these and use them in the league campaign.

“I would like to endorse his big thank-you to our supporters, whom we hope to see in numbers again at Whitebank on Sunday.”

The Junction, Ripponden Road, will lay on free transport to Whitebank for the reserves game on Thursday night and for the Championship One clash on Sunday. In each case ring 0161 633 2759 to reserve your seat.

The winning ticket in a Roughyeds raffle for a signed Saints shirt was 456-460. Claim at the club’s office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).