Reserves against York City Knights

Date published: Thursday, April 14, 2011

JAMIE Dallimore is free to play for Oldham RL Reserves against York City Knights at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm kick-off), having been cleared of a punching allegation by the RFL disciplinary committee.

The Roughyeds’ up-and-coming young half-back from Wigan, an accomplished goalkicker and a BARLA international, was sent off near the end of his side’s defeat at Dewsbury in the Reserves Championship on April 1.

After studying the match DVD, however, the RFL concluded that Dallimore reacted to an opponent’s tackle by pushing, rather than punching, him and that no charge would be brought against the Oldham player.

“He can play on Saturday now, and that’s great news for both Jamie and the team,” said coach John Hough, who will finalise his line-up at training tonight.

Hough is also expecting clever loose-forward Alex Thompson to be back in contention after missing the last two games because of a thigh injury.

The match has been brought forward one week from Saturday, April 23, this easing the demands on the club over the Easter weekend when Roughyeds have first-team games against Rochdale at Whitebank on Good Friday (3pm) and against Whitehaven away on Easter Monday (3pm).

Hough has told his players they should all be striving for first-team recognition while playing as a team and going out with a smile on their faces.

“We are in the privileged position of being paid to do something we love,” he said. “It follows that anyone who turns up for work without being up for the challenge is in the wrong job.

“Our role is to develop players for the first team and I am happy to say that this year we have both strength in depth and a very exciting bunch of lads.”

One of them, winger Shaun Robinson, has been described by head coach Tony Benson as “a gem” after only two games in the senior side.

Hooker Austen Barrowclough, who qualifies through his grandfather, will soon be linking up again with the Serbia national squad, for whom he has already played on several occasions.