Oldham Vs South Wales

Date published: Friday, June 10, 2011

NEW signing Mark McCully is ready for his Oldham RL debut against South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm kick off).

Essentially a centre, 31-year-old McCully can play anywhere — priceless in a team ravaged by injury.

Rookies Jamie Dallimore and Michael Ward are also in a provisional 20-man squad, comprised chiefly by the 17 who were walloped 30-0 at Doncaster last Sunday.

Goalkicking stand-off Dallimore, a Wiganer who has been piling up points in the Reserves, has played only once previously in the senior side and that was at Hull last month in the Carnegie Challenge Cup. He has been climbing steadily up the pecking order, though, as underlined by his selection as 18th man at the Keepmoat Stadium five days ago.

Back-row forward Ward, Oldham-born, has had two previous first-team outings, enjoying a hard-working debut in the 46-24 win against Doncaster five weeks ago and then battling it out with Hull’s Super League pack at the KC Stadium in the cup a week later.

The squad won’t be whittled down to 17 until tomorrow, by which time coach Tony Benson will have the latest injury reports on Neil Roden, Danny Whitmore, Ben Wood and Ben Heaton.

Roughyeds are desperate to erase the memory of last week’s drubbing in South Yorkshire and to avenge a 40-20 defeat by the Welsh in Caerphilly last month.

Benson said: “We are quetly confident. We’ll be raring to go.”

Team (from): Heaton, Brocklehurst, St Hilaire, Wood, Robinson; N Roden, Dallimore, Forber; Boults, Clough, Ellison, Isherwood, Noone, M Roden, Sutton, Stanchion, Bentley, Whitmore, Ward, McCully.

Roughyeds Reserves, seeking their sixth win in nine games, will consolidate their place in the top four of the under-23s Reserve Championship if they win at Halifax tonight (7.30pm kick off).

Winger John Gillam returns after a five-week absence with a foot injury and recent signing Bruce Johnson continues his fight for match fitness at prop.

Back-row forward Phil Joy plays his first game of the year after a knee operation, while Zak Cotton, a threequarter from Oldham St Anne’s, may be given his debut.

Team (from): Nield, Williams, Bradbury, Headon, Cotton, Brooks, Gillam, Fogarty, Connick, Langtree, Mansfield, Bland, Knight, Thompson, Hughes, Cookson, Johnson, Dean, Joy.