Naylor to make changes

Date published: Friday, May 10, 2013

THERE could be up to three new faces in the Oldham RL team at Hemel Stags on Sunday.

Danny Whitmore plus two dual registered players from Salford City Reds are in the selection frame as coach Scott Naylor looks to make changes.
Paper work for Whitmore’s loan deal from Batley Bulldogs was completed in time for him to train with Roughyeds last night and to stake his claim for a half-back spot on the trip to Hertfordshire.
Apart from promising young hooker Adam Files, who is on long-term loan from Salford, Naylor hasn’t chosen to use players from the Roughyeds’ Super League partner club since the opening day of the season when they were beaten 48-12 at North Wales Crusaders in the Northern Rail Cup.
But after seven more games in three separate competitions — four wins, three losses — he will again take advantage of dual registration regulations.
Naylor, disappointed by his side’s performance in an 18-16 defeat by Oxford last time out, won’t name his line-up until Saturday morning’s training run-out.
He said: “I’m more or less settled on it. There will be changes after the defeat by Oxford.
“There are no injury problems so I’m choosing from a full squad of 24 or 25 who all trained last night.
“Liam Gilchrist has trained all week and is ready to play after his calf injury.
“Danny Whitmore was with us for the first time, and looking good, and I’m also bringing in two from Salford, but I’m not naming them at this stage.
“Some fans don’t like the dual-reg system, but I’ll repeat what I’ve said before . . . if Adam Files wasn’t on long-term loan I’d have him every week on dual-reg and I don’t think anybody would be bothered about that.”
The 19-year-old hooker, in striking form, has scored a try in each of his last four games.
Naylor went on: “We are perhaps a little bit low on confidence at the moment, but we are not far off; we just need to be more clinical near our opponents’ line.
“Hemel have won three of their four league games and they only lost the other by one point.
“They are a big, athletic set who can score points.
“It’s a long way to travel and we’ve got a tough test at the end of it, but we’ll be out to put the Oxford defeat behind us and to get back on the winning road.”
Naylor will select from his two Salford imports, plus the following:
Backs: Bloomfield, Agoro, Cookson, Lepori, Samuel.
Half-backs: Roden, Palfrey, Whitmore.
Forwards: Crowley, Langtree, Joy, Gilchrist, Hobson, Tyrer, K Hughes, Thompson, Gee, M Ward, Marriott, Files and Boults, who has gone 45 games and nearly two years since he last missed a game.
Roughyeds under-20s also play at Hemel (12.30pm kick off).
Team: Nield; R Ward, Bradley, Wilson, Dyson; Fitzsimmons, Singleton; Hall, Ball, Morris, Hargreaves, S Hughes, Rasool. Subs: Wareing, Sharratt, Sargeant, Foreman