Bright start needed — Naylor

SCOTT Naylor will demand a whirlwind start from Oldham against London Broncos’ full-timers at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm).

Despite spending heavily for an all-out assault on promotion to Super League, the Londoners won narrowly at Swinton Lions and then suffered a home defeat by Hull KR in their first two Championship outings.

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Big day for Leatherbarrow

SCOTT Leatherbarrow played 17 times last year for a London Broncos side that finished second to Leigh Centurions in the regular Championship season and then took Salford Red Devils to the wire for the right to play in the Million Pound Game.

A Wiganer, he later moved back north to become a Roughyed on a two-year deal — and on Sunday he faces the prospect of going head to head with his former team, shouldering heavy responsibility as our chief play-maker, main tactical kicker, vice-captain and goalkicker.

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Summer Bash 2017 — 100 days to go

Our 2017 Summer Bash fixture against Rochdale Hornets is only 100 days away today.

Taking place on Saturday May 27 (2.30pm KO) at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground, the Oldham/Hornets game is one of four to take place that afternoon and fans with day or weekend tickets will be able to take in all the thrilling action.

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Thaler the man in charge

BEN Thaler, one of England’s top referees, will handle Oldham’s Kingstone Press Championship game against London Broncos at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Thaler (35), from Wakefield, and Oldham’s Robert Hicks were England’s full-time referees on the international panel that officiated at last year’s Four Nations Series.

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Naylor getting ready for London

LIAM Thompson and Ben Davies, both out for several weeks with lower-back problems, could be pushing for recalls as early as this weekend, revealed Oldham RL boss Scott Naylor after last night’s training session.

Sammy Gee, also absent through injury at Featherstone, is another who might be available for Sunday’s tough clash with London Broncos at Bower Fold (3pm).

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Nealo on the start to the season

Firstly I would like to say hello to all fans and speaking on behalf of all the players, a massive thank you for all the support at home and especially away!

To review the last few weeks starting with the loss at Featherstone. The loss was massively disappointing, I think myself and all the lads were gutted with the result and we were confident we could win that game.

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Good news on Thompson, Davies

FEARS that Oldham RL Club’s back-row grafter and 2016 player of the year Liam Thompson could be out for a long time with a lower-back injury have been allayed.

He hasn’t played since hurting his back in the first of three pre-season warm-up games at Swinton on January 8 and then aggravating it when shaken up in a road accident.

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Naylor puzzled by penalty count differential

SCOTT Naylor will be asking the Rugby Football League to identify differences between what Featherstone were doing and what Oldham were doing in an evenly-contested game which Rovers edged 8-6.

Referee Tom Grant awarded the home side 11 penalties, including six in a row, either side of half-time.

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Scott salutes his heroes

SCOTT Naylor’s heroes gave Featherstone Rovers the fright of their lives before going down 8-6 in wet, windy, wintry weather at The Big Fellas Stadium.

Roughyeds did definitely NOT deserve to lose and some would argue they played the horrendous conditions better than Rovers and were, therefore, the better side.

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Oldham swoop for teenage Tiger

TEENAGE centre or wing Tuoyo Egodo, a full-time pro at Castleford Tigers, has signed for Oldham on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old Londoner, who has “huge potential” according to Tigers boss Daryl Powell, was also being hunted down by Hull KR, Bradford and an unnamed Super League club.

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