On the look-out for reinforcements

Date published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
OLDHAM RL hope to bolster their injury-hit squad with at least one addition as they prepare for Sunday’s top-three clash with Hunslet Hawks at Whitebank (3pm).
Mo Agoro (knee), Nathan Mason (stomach muscle), Kenny Hughes (ankle) and Jon Ford (chest infection) missed last Sunday’s 54-12 defeat at York.
They remain doubtful  for this weekend and they have now been joined on the casualty list by Ben Wood (shin), Dale Bloomfield (dead leg) and Edwin Okanga-Ajwang (viral infection), who are also classed as doubtful.
“We’re on the look-out for reinforcements, but I’ve nothing more to say on that at the moment,” said coach Scott Naylor.
Up to a few weeks ago, Oldham had their full complement of loan players, but the departure of Alex Davidson to North Wales Crusaders and Steve Roper’s elevation to fully-fledged Oldham player, gives Naylor the opportunity to scour the loan market with room for two on his roster.
He took the precaution a couple of weeks ago of adding to his outside backs by signing former Barrow winger Adam Clay on a short-term deal to the end of the season.
Up to then, Bloomfield and Agoro had been rock solid on the wings, missing only three games between them since the start of last season.
In the first game after Clay’s arrival, however, Agoro picked up a knee injury and in the next game after that Bloomfield was hurt at York in his 40th consecutive appearance.
On a brighter note, Clay made his debut at York despite concerns about an ankle injury and came through without mishap. He will have a precautionary scan on Saturday.
Naylor last night showed his players a DVD of their dreadful performance at York where they were thumped 54-12.
“We had some hurt bodies to mend, but we had a lot more hurt pride,” said the Roughyeds boss.
“We’ve put that game behind us now. It’s gone. When we meet again on Thursday night it will be full steam ahead for the Hunslet game.”