Mo in fitness fight

Date published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
MO Agoro is having treatment for an ankle injury as Oldham gear up for another big challenge against the Welsh in Neath on Sunday.

The Roughyeds right-winger was hurt in the 22-20 defeat by North Wales Crusaders in Wrexham and he faces a fight for fitness in time for this weekend’s clash with South Wales Scorpions at The Gnoll (3pm).

Centre David Cookson, who was unavailable last week, is expected to be back in contention, but the line-up won’t be announced until Saturday at the earliest.

The coaching staff have warned the players to prepare for a contest, at the end of a four-and-a-half-hour coach journey, that will be just as tough and uncompromising as the one in Wrexham.

Like Oldham, Scorpions have won four of their seven league games, but they have played at home only twice and in their last outing at The Gnoll seven weeks ago they claimed the valued scalp of Rochdale Hornets with a 30-28 victory.

Scott Naylor’s men enjoyed a 24-12 Northern Rail Cup win at The Gnoll in March, but the Welsh team’s line-up this time will bear little resemblance to that one.

Three new signings made their debuts in a 46-18 win at Gloucester All Golds last Sunday and a fourth newcomer may make his bow against the Roughyeds.

Grant Gore (21), a stand-off from Widnes who has joined Scorpions on a month’s loan, starred on debut, while the other newcomers, Matthew Wilcox, at centre, and Gerwyn Price, at prop, a former RU forward with Neath and Cross Keys, showed up well off the bench.

On Sunday, Gore may be partnered at half-back by 23-year-old Billy Sheen if his transfer from North Wales Crusaders is completed in time.

Scorpions can also call on up to five dual-registered players from Wigan Warriors, including three who were in the Warriors’ 19-man squad for Friday’s televised 33-32 win at Widnes Vikings — Sam Powell, Greg Burke and Oldham-born James Greenwood.

Greenwood, Gore and Scorpions team mate James Tutuila (second-row) were named in the latest Premier Sports Championship One team of the week alongside Oldham duo Richard Lepori at full-back and Adam Files at hooker.