Neal, Holmes in for treatmentDate published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
PROP Adam Neal and utility back Jack Holmes are being treated for injuries received at Barrow as Oldham RL prepare for Sunday’s big game against Newcastle Thunder at Whitebank.
Neither trained last night, Neal because of an ankle problem and Holmes with a slight groin injury.
“I’m told they should be okay by weekend, but we’ll know more on Thursday,” said coach Scott Naylor.
He confirmed that everybody else was fit, apart from long-standing injury victim Tom Ashton, who damaged his left knee in only his second appearance for Roughyeds at South Wales Scorpions last month.
He has since had a scan, but Naylor is still waiting for the results.
The Oldham boss is also waiting for the outcome of the RFL match review panel’s probe into the brawl in the dying seconds of the Roughyeds’ 30-18 defeat at Barrow — their first League One loss this season.
The panel is due to examine the tape tomorrow (thurs), but any sanctions wouldn’t kick-in until next week.
Providing Neal and Holmes get the all-clear, therefore, it’s likely that Naylor will be picking from 20 — the 17 who played at Barrow plus Sam Gee, Richard Joy and Tom Dempsey.
Newcastle, in third place on the same number of points as second-placed Oldham, will be without injured PNG prop Mark Mexico, but coach Stanley Gene hopes his two other PNG internationals, Charlie Wabo and Jason Tali, will have recovered from knocks in time to return to the side.
There will be a collection at the game for the dependants of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones, who suffered a cardiac arrest in a match at London Skolars two weeks ago, and later died in hospital. The fund currently stands at £113,000.
Touch rugby sessions for the public, run by Roughyeds and their community coach Danny Newall, open up for the new season tonight at Oasis Academy Oldham on Hollins Road, starting at 7pm.
Admission is £3 per person per session, which will be held each Wednesday through the summer.