Tyson’s red card adds to injury worries

GEORGE Tyson’s red card for fighting after the final hooter in the Law Cup defeat by Rochdale could cost him his place in Oldham’s opening Championship clash against Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold on Sunday, February 5.

Tyson and Rochdale’s Paddy Jones were sent off at the end of a bruising derby battle which Hornets won 24-12 after their forwards totally dominated the second half.

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Hornets win Law Cup

FIELDING a side without SEVEN players who would normally be expected to figure in the club’s strongest 17, off-colour Oldham were well beaten by Rochdale Hornets in the 2017 Law Cup clash at Bower Fold.

Hornets won 24-12, scoring four tries to two, and totally dominated the second-half when they scored three unanswered tries in a 15-minute spell that ensured the Law Cup would be going back across the M62 for the first time since 2011.

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Law cup — local connections

ROCHDALE will name their Law Cup 17 from a provisional 20-man squad that includes no fewer than EIGHT players with Oldham connections.

Interviewed on their club website, several of them say Oldham is the club they most want to play against in 2017. Jack Holmes, for instance, says he “wants to prove a point”.

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Law Cup Latest

OLDHAM have had the Law Cup in their locker since 2011 and have won each of the two games under Scott Naylor’s command, the first in 2013 and the second last year when Roughyeds won 29-12 at what was then called Spotland.

Naylor jealously guards his “unbeaten” Law Cup record and he certainly doesn’t want to lose it at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) when Oldham will play only their third Law Cup “home” game since the new club was formed ahead of the 1998 season.

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All eyes on four halves

ALL eyes at the Law Cup clash will be on the rival halves —- Scott Leatherbarrow and David Hewitt for Oldham, Danny Yates and Lewis Palfrey for Rochdale.

This time last year Palfrey was still basking in the glory of leading Roughyeds to promotion, lifting two League One trophies as captain and then walking away with the Kingstone Press League One player-of-the-year award.

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New face in Law Cup squad

PATRICK Diskin, a 19-year-old winger from Castleford Tigers, has signed for Oldham on loan. He teamed-up with Roughyeds at training last night and he’s in the squad for Sunday’s Law Cup clash with Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold (3pm).

Forwards Ben Davies and Liam Thompson are ruled out with back problems, but Thompson is expected to be ready for the opening league game against Sheffield Eagles, also at Bower Fold, on Sunday, February 5.

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Stand by for action

TO underpin Scott Naylor’s decree that there will be ‘nothing friendly’ about Sunday’s Law Cup game at Bower Fold, both Oldham and Rochdale have agreed to play their strongest available squads and to prepare as they would for Championship rugby.

Each side will have only four substitutes on the bench, as in all league, cup and play-off games, and rival coaches Naylor and Alan Kilshaw will each demand that their players go flat out to get their hands on the silverware.

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Chappell boost for Oldham

NATHAN Chappell may be in contention to make his Oldham debut in Sunday’s Law Cup game at Bower Fold after putting in a full training session last night.

The former Sheffield Eagles centre or back-row forward (27), a new signing, hasn’t played in either of the Roughyeds’ pre-season games up to now while in rehab after a knee operation.

Danny Grimshaw, in a similar situation after groin surgery, also trained flat out last night, raising hopes that he may get his first run-out of the year.

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Big-match countdown

OLDHAM fans could see as many as five former Roughyeds in the red, white and blue of Rochdale Hornets when the derby rivals clash at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) for the right to lift the Law Cup.

With silverware, local bragging rights and so many ex-members of Scott Naylor’s squad returning to Bower Fold in the “wrong” colours, the Oldham boss has already stressed that this third and final pre-season game is NOT a friendly.

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Naylor warns there’s work to be done

SCOTT Naylor didn’t mince his words after what he perceived to be another poor Oldham performance in a 22-22 draw at Barrow.

He was particularly miffed at how Raiders were allowed to score FIVE tries in the corner in almost identical fashion down the Roughyeds’ left flank.

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Hewitt’s last-gasp try earns draw

A TRADEMARK individual try by Dave Hewitt on the last play of the game earned Oldham a 22-22 draw at Barrow in the second of three pre-season warm-up games.

A new-look Roughyeds squad travelled to Cumbria without Nathan Chappell, Danny Langtree, Liam Thompson, Gareth Owen, Danny Grimshaw, Michael Ward and Kieran Gill and then Joe Burke withdrew just before kick-off with a sore foot.

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Thompson doubt for Barrow game

LIAM Thompson, who has a lower-back problem, is doubtful for Oldham RL Club’s second pre-season game at Barrow on Sunday (2pm start).

A final decision will be made later, but with the Law Cup derby clash against Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold only a week away, coach Scott Naylor may leave him out as a precaution.

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Squad numbers released

SCOTT Turner will wear Oldham RL Club’s No 1 shirt in the coming season, adding popular weight to the notion that the former North Wales Crusaders’ winger will be departed Richard Lepori’s successor at full-back.

Turner played the odd game at full-back while on loan with the Roughyeds towards the end of last season and he was there again in the friendly at Swinton last week at the start of his first full year as a contracted Oldham player.

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Clay back at Barrow

OLDHAM RL expect to field a stronger side at Barrow on Sunday (2pm) than the one beaten 32-14 in their first pre-season game at Swinton Lions.

Winger Adam Clay will be back and there’s a possibility that Danny Grimshaw may play some part in the game, said coach Scott Naylor.

He confirmed, after training last night, that Danny Langtree will be out for three to four weeks after pulling a hamstring in the first minute at Swinton.

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Ray Clark RIP

OLDER Oldham RLFC supporters will be shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of the former Roughyeds’ loose-forward Ray Clark. He was taken ill at his home in Moorside in the early hours of Monday morning (January 9) and died a few hours later in hospital. He was 72.

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Owen honoured to captain the side

GARETH Owen, Oldham Rugby League Club’s new captain, has said he will put his heart and soul into the job.

“To lead my home-town team is a massive honour,” added the 24-year-old former Salford hooker, soon to start his third full season with the club he and his family have supported all their lives.

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Langers out of Barrow game

DANNY Langtree’s tweaked hamstring, which forced him out of the Swinton game after only 60 seconds, will cause him to miss Oldham’s second pre-season outing at Barrow on Sunday (2pm) and it will be touch and go whether he is fit for the Law Cup derby against Rochdale at Bower Fold seven days later.

“The main thing is to get him right for the first league game on February 5,” said assistant coach Lee Spencer.

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Gaz gets Captain’s role

GARETH Owen, who lives in Moorside, played his early rugby at Waterhead and is described by coach Scott Naylor as “a proud Oldhamer”, will captain his hometown Roughyeds on and off the field in the 2017 KP Championship season.

“He’s club captain as well as team captain — and for a lad who was born and brought up in the town that’s something special,” added the Oldham RLFC boss.

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There’s always rivalry between Oldham and Swinton — Scott

SCOTT Naylor will be more concerned with how his team plays and how his new signings shape up than with who wins the first of three pre-season games against Swinton Lions on Sunday.

“The result isn’t important,” said the Oldham boss, of the clash at Heywood Road, Sale (3pm) which pairs the teams which won promotion from League 1 in 2015 and surprised a lot of pundits by both doing enough to retain their Championship status last season.

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Steve Nield may play at Swinton

LONG-SERVING Steve Nield may be back in an Oldham RL jersey on Sunday for the first time since he was seriously injured at Keighley Cougars in a League One game on May 31, 2015.

While sidelined for 19 months he had a knee completely rebuilt and retained an active involvement with his hometown club, although he wasn’t re-signed for the 2016 KP Championship campaign.

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Tyson, Burke claim ‘King of the ring’ titles

THEY would never claim to be candidates for Channel 5’s ‘World’s Strongest Man’, but George Tyson and Joe Burke at least won bragging rights and titles when flexing their muscles at Oldham RL Club’s strength–and–conditioning session in Walkden.

Scott Naylor took his squad to the ‘Gorilla Warfare’ gym near Manchester yesterday in a break from routine with which to bid farewell to 2016.

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Two Bobs heads for Tameside

WITH their former captain Robert Roberts playing the lead role, Oldham RL Club are spreading their community development operation in primary schools beyond the Oldham borough boundary and into Tameside and Stalybridge.

‘Two Bobs’, as he was known in his playing days, has already forged links with St Christopher’s RC Primary in Ashton-under-Lyne and with Silver Springs Primary Academy in Stalybridge.

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Thumbs-up for Davies, Spencer

PROPS Ben Davies and Jack Spencer have recovered from back and groin injuries respectively as Oldham RL players look ahead eagerly to their first pre-season game away to Swinton Lions on January 8.

“They’re counting the days,” said coach Scott Naylor, who confirmed that Davies and Spencer were back in full training.

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Chris on Disciplinary Review Panel

CHRIS Hamilton is named on a six-man panel appointed by the Rugby Football League (RFL) to examine the sport’s disciplinary system and to identify its strengths and weaknesses.

The Oldham chairman is one of rugby league’s longest-serving club representatives on the governing body, having been there for more than 19 years.

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Four assessed tonight

WITH the first pre-season game little more than three weeks away, Oldham RL boss Scott Naylor is satisfied that preparations are on schedule.

The club’s medical team will assess Danny Grimshaw, Nathan Chappell, Jack Spencer and Ben Davies at training tonight, but an upbeat Naylor is happy that his squad will be primed for action by the time they open up against Swinton Lions on Sunday, January 8.

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ORSA’s Law Cup buffet

ONCE Christmas and the New Year are over, our much-anticipated Law Cup clash against Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold will be only three weeks away.

And at this the Roughyeds’ first home game of 2017, the Oldham Roughyeds Supporters’ Association (ORSA) are putting on one of their highly-popular hot-and-cold buffets in the hospitality lounge when fans will have the opportunity to kick-start the new season at Bower Fold in style both before and after what is sure to be an exhilarating local derby,

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Updates on medical matters

OLDHAM RL duo Nathan Chappell (knee) and Danny Grimshaw (groin) have both had successful surgery and will soon be heavily involved in rehabilitation.

Neither player is expected to be out for long.

Craig Briscoe, who is waiting for major reconstruction surgery on a knee, will have his pre-op on December 20 and his operation in January.

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Scott Dismisses Schofield Prediction

SCOTT Naylor has dismissed rugby league pundit Garry Schofield’s view that Oldham will be relegated at the end of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season.

Writing in his weekly trade-paper column, former Great Britain captain Schofield tipped Hull KR to win it with Roughyeds finishing second bottom above derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.

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Chairman’s support ‘brilliant’ — Scott

SCOTT Naylor has labelled as “brilliant” the support he gets from his chairman Chris Hamilton as Oldham RL again prepare to punch above their weight in the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship.

It was evident at last season’s Roughyeds’ awards night that there was a lot of chemistry between the two most influential people in any rugby league club — chairman and head coach.

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Scott pins his colours to the mast

SCOTT Naylor leads Oldham into their fourth week of pre-season training tonight, having announced that his cafe near Leigh is up for sale so that he can concentrate exclusively on his job with the Roughyeds.

Naylor (44), the 2015 League One coach of the year, expects his fifth season as Roughyeds boss to be his biggest challenge yet.

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Updates from the training ground

DANNY Grimshaw put club before self and battled through the pain barrier last season as newly-promoted Oldham rose to the challenge of Championship rugby.

Looking ahead to the former Hunslet man’s groin operation in nine days’ time, Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor revealed that ‘Grimmer’ played for two-thirds of last season while restricted by the painful injury

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Season-ticket subscription ends soon

Black Friday is over for another year but this week we have Red Wednesday, the deadline for fans to take advantage of a season-ticket payment subscription.

This first-time offer spreads the cost of a season-ticket over three equal payments, debited from your debit or credit card, on the final day of November, December and January.

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Injury Updates

NEW signing Nathan Chappell will be the first of three Oldham RL players to face operations within the next few weeks.

The former Sheffield Eagles centre or second-row forward will have a knee ‘cleaned out’ surgically on November 30.

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Swinton away to launch pre-season programme

THE first of Oldham RL Club’s three pre-season games will be against Swinton Lions at Heywood Road, Sale on Sunday, January 8 (kick-off 3pm).

Roughyeds had previously announced that they will go to Barrow on January 15 (2pm) and entertain Rochdale Hornets at Bower Fold for the Law Cup on January 22 (3pm).

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Whitebank Development

OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to hear that the planning application submitted by OMBC in respect of Whitebank’s development was approved at Wednesday’s Planning Committee meeting.

As part of that development Roughyeds will retain a right to train and play at Whitebank, as previously, and will continue to use their office inside the ground as the club’s administrative base.

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Dual-reg stays with Giants

OLDHAM RL Club confirmed today that they will again be dual-registration partners with Huddersfield Giants in the 2017 KP Championship season.

It will be the third year in a row that Roughyeds have linked up with the Giants, but the first time that such a partnership has been forged since Australian coach Rick Stone succeeded Paul Anderson as boss of the Super League outfit last July.

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