Noone ruled out of cup tie

Date published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PAUL Noone, already ruled out of Oldham’s Challenge Cup tie at St Helens on Friday night, might be sidelined for several weeks.

Hospital x-rays have confirmed that he suffered serious ankle ligament damage in the 20-20 draw at London Skolars.

A clearer picture will emerge when he is assessed tonight by club physiotherapist Rachael Johnson, but coach Tony Benson and club officials are bracing themselves for the worst.

Apart from knocks, it was the former Warrington and Barrow forward’s first injury in three seasons.

“His luck ran out on his 31st birthday,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

“There was nothing in the tackle at all. It looked to be totally innocuous, but he went down and stayed down and had to be carried off.

“It looks as though he could be out for a few weeks, but we’ll know more tonight.”

If fears are confirmed, he will join a long-term injury list which has claimed winger John Gillam, prop Luke Stenchion, stand-off Neil Roden and young utility back Chris Murphy.

Noone’s second-row partner Paul Smith, who has captained the side in Roden’s absence, will also be examined tonight after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the first few minutes of the London game.

It is looking increasingly likely that both these experienced forwards will miss the Roughyeds’ fifth-round cup tie at Langtree Park where Oldham will wear their home kit as the team drawn out of the hat first.

The RFL has confirmed that new signings Graham Holroyd and Jamie Acton are eligible as neither has played for anybody else in this year’s Carnegie competition.

Acton, the 19-year-old former Wigan Warriors academy forward, made his Roughyeds debut in the reserves win against Sheffield last Thursday night, while veteran stand-off Holroyd wore Oldham colours for the first time in the draw at London Skolars.

Interest in the tie is building nicely.

Said Hamilton: “Tickets are going well. On Monday we had our best day yet.

“Hospitality tickets at £25 are going particularly well here and at St Helens and are close to selling out.”

The tie is not all-ticket, but Roughyeds are offering free coach travel to fans who buy match tickets from their office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (0161 628 3677) before 5pm on Wednesday. Tickets will still be available until 3pm on Friday.

Adults, £14 seats, £12 standing; concessions, £12 seats, £10 standing; under-16s, £5 to sit or stand (junior season-ticket holders go free).