Oldham wait for injury reports

Date published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
OLDHAM are waiting for fitness reports on each of their three half-backs ahead of Friday night’s big game in Leeds.
Lewis Palfrey (thigh muscle), Brett Robinson (ankle) and Steve Roper (knee) will be assessed at training tonight as preparations begin for the opening game of the five-club Kingstone Press Championship One play-off series between Hunslet Hawks and Oldham.
Roughyeds go to the South Leeds Stadium (8pm kick-off) in a second v third qualifier, having been beaten twice at the same venue with Scott Naylor in charge.
As a Championship club last season, Hunslet won 36-10 in the third round of the Challenge Cup, following up this year, after relegation, with a 38-12 win in Championship One.
A last-minute try by Josh Crowley gave Naylor’s men a 24-23 triumph in the return game at Whitebank.
“We haven’t done very well at Hunslet in recent years, but we are due to put on a good performance there and Friday could be our day,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.
“If we lose we get a home game in the next round but there’s only one thing on our minds and that’s to go over there and win.”
Palfrey, the club captain, was injured in the first few minutes at Gateshead and didn’t play against Gloucester All Golds.
Robinson damaged an ankle 25 minutes into the Gloucester game and looked to be in a lot of pain as he was led away.
Roper took a clout to his left knee early in the second half, but played on until a few minutes from the end.
Naylor is also waiting for updates from Salford on George Tyson. The young back-row forward, on loan from the Super League club, was in stunning form until he hurt a knee and wasn’t able to play against Gateshead or Gloucester.
Added Hamilton: “Injury concerns and ups and downs take on extra significance at play-off time. Over the last seven or eight years we’ve been in more play-off ties than anybody else, but that doesn’t ease the nerves or the tension.
“It was no disgrace to finish third behind the two teams who came down from the Championship and kept the same players.
“Also, we must be due a change of luck at this business end of the season.
“It’s when everything comes alive, and everybody gets excited.
“We’ve got a good set of lads, a good coach and a good set of people like sponsors, staff, volunteers and supporters who believe in what we are trying to do.
“It’s time for everybody to put on their seat belts and get ready for the ride. It’s going to be a roller coaster.”