Oldham Injury update

Date published: Monday, April 23, 2012
OLDHAM back-row men Paul Noone and Paul Smith are doubtful for Friday’s cup-tie at St Helens after picking up injuries in the 20-20 draw at London Skolars.
Noone will have a precautionary x-ray on an ankle injury and Smith will be assessed at training tomorrow to establish the severity of his pulled hamstring.
It was a double whammy for Tony Benson’s men ahead of their fifth-round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie at Langtree Park (8pm kick off).
“There are a couple of players with niggles, but the two Pauls, our senior back-rowers, are our major injury worries,” said Benson.
A disappointed Smith, who had to quit in the first few minutes of the London game, said: “I can hardly walk and I am really struggling.
“I don’t yet know the full extent of the damage, but we’ll get to the bottom of it during the week.”
Benson said that while it was disappointing not to beat Skolars there were several positives from the game, not least the performance of new signing Graham Holroyd at stand-off.
He added: “Graham did well. He’s been out of the game a long time and it will take him a week or two to get back into the swing of things.
“We failed to complete our sets at crucial times, but in general terms I thought we showed more composure in attack.
“His defence was okay too, and we’ll be looking to get the best out of his boot and to make the most of his kicking game.
“As well as that, Thommo (Alex Thompson) looked good; Miles Greenwood was dangerous with ball in hand; Chris Clarke, Matty Syron and Dave Ellison were strong; and Martin Roden grafted for nearly 70 minutes and worked himself to a standstill.
“I couldn’t spell him earlier because we were two players light after the injuries to Noone and Smith.”
Holroyd had a major part to play in the build-up to two of Oldham’s four tries and failed narrowly to win the game when his last-minute drop goal attempt from long range passed narrowly wide of the uprights.
“I was quite pleased with how it went,” he said.
“It was disappointing not to win the game, but these Skolars can play a bit and they are going to cause a few sides some problems down here in London.
“We got two league points out of it and we have to see that as a positive result.
“On a personal note I thought I did okay considering I haven’t played for so long.”