More bad luck for Robbo

Date published: Thursday, August 26, 2010

UNLUCKY Craig Robinson, the Oldham Rugby League Club forward, has broken a finger in training . . . just as the squad is preparing for its play-off adventure with promotion as top prize.

The Yorkshireman, who has missed eight of the last nine games due to a variety of injuries, was pencilled in to play at London Skolars tomorrow (Friday) night and stake a claim for inclusion in the Oldham side to face York City Knights at Whitebank in the play-offs on September 12.

He took a knock to his hand during tackling practice, however, and the broken finger will rule him out of tomorrow night’s game at the New River Stadium in north London and perhaps bring his season to a premature end.

“Craig must be the unluckiest player at the club,” said coach Tony Benson. “At this time last year, when we were also looking ahead to the play-offs, he broke a hand. This time it’s a finger. He was looking good in training, and looking forward to Friday night. Then he was getting stuck into tackling practice when he dislocated and fractured a finger.

“He won’t play at London, but at this stage we won’t rule him out of anything else. He won’t be having surgery until the season is over so we will assess him later.”

His fellow forward Ian Hodson, who is having treatment on a knee injury sustained in a reserves match, is also ruled out of the London game.

Jason Boults (groin) and Luke Sutton (knee) are doubtful. Both will be examined and then given fitness checks at training tonight (Thurs) before Benson names his squad to travel.

Win, lose or draw, Oldham will finish as Co-operative Championship One runners-up, but Benson would love to see his side victorious and thus able to boast a 100 per cent record this year away from home in all ten league matches.

“It’s also advantageous to play this weekend,” he added, “because it gives us a game only a couple of weeks before our play-off semi-final against York. In stark contrast York will have gone a month without a game when they come to the Whitebank on September 12.”

Benson is giving nothing away at this stage about his squad to travel, but he did concede that Skolars were playing well and would provide stern opposition.

“I always endeavour to field my strongest side,” he added, “and this game will be no exception. In selecting the side I will try to get as close as I can to the team that will play York at home on February 12.”

Fans are reminded that a meeting of the newly-formed Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters Association (ORSA) will take place at Whitebank tonight (Thurs) at 8.00pm. All are welcome.