Mixed news on injuries

Date published: Friday, June 6, 2014
It’s good news and bad news in the Oldham RL camp as Roughyeds head to Hertfordshire for Sunday’s clash with Hemel Stags.
Sam Gee (collar bone), Dale Bloomfield (thumb) and Josh Crowley (shin) all trained normally last night and are available for selection.
 
There are new concerns, however, over Alex Davidson, who has gone down sick, and Brett  Robinson, who has an ankle strain.
 
Davidson is unlikely to make it, but Robinson will be given a final fitness test at training tomorrow morning.
 
“I’ve got options in selection — and that’s how I like it,” said coach Scott Naylor.
 
 “We are playing okay, but this is going to be one real tough game.
 
“They drew 20-20 at Whitebank in March and we are mindful that, Hunslet apart, they are the only side that has denied us three points.
 
“We know what to expect and we are ready. But we will have to be at our best,”
 
The Stags are only one place below Naylor’s men in the table, but they are bracing themselves for a desperately tough three weeks in which they will take on the top three — York, Hunslet and Oldham — in consecutive games.
 
This game marks the half-way stage of the Roughyeds’ regular season and they will be keen to reach that milestone boasting only one defeat in ten, while going for their fifth win in a row.
 
They know, too, that if they can go nap at the Pennine Way Sports Arena (2.30 kick off) they are assured of climbing into second place or even hitting top for the first time in the event of York slipping up at Gloucester.
 
Oldham’s aim is to finish in the top two because that gives you the easiest and most direct route to the play-off final.
 
Hemel believe they are competing with Oxford, Gloucester, Gateshead and London Skolars for the fourth and fifth play-off spots.
 
Said Aussie coach Troy Perkins: “This is a massive game for us because if we were to lose the next three we would drop out of the top five and face a huge task to get back.
 
“Oldham have an impressive playing record, a sound fan base and an off-field set-up that clubs like ours aspire to have in the future.
 
“They are a quality team, relying on good go-forward from their big pack.
 
“The challenge for our forwards is to match them up front and to lay a platform for our backs.
 
“They had a good win against London Skolars, but I’m confident of gaining a victory.”
 
* NEIL Roden will pick from 18, including first-team players Ben Wood and Paddy Mooney, when his under-20s take on the RAF at Whitebank tomorrow, kick-off 2.30pm.
 
Team (from): Dempsey, Kavanagh, Bickerstaff, Buckley-Mayall, Gilks, Flanagan, Hughes, Mooney, Ball, R Joy, Wood, A Joy, Singleton, Sargeant, Wareing, Partington, Wilson, Boardman.
 
ADAM Files has seen a consultant about his damaged knee. The club will know more when they get the specialist’s report in a couple of weeks, but there are fears the young hooker will be out for the long term.