Reserves v Halifax

Date published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UP and coming first-team players of the future will be on view at Whitebank tomorrow (Wed) night when Oldham RL reserves entertain Matt Calland’s newly-formed Halifax under-23s in a pre-season friendly (7.30pm).

Roughyeds beat Dewsbury Rams 36-12 in their first warm-up match, but coach John Hough expects Calland’s boys, some of whom may be Oldhamers, to present a tougher challenge.

The Halifax squad, set up from scratch this year, is expected to include one or two young prospects from Calland’s successful Hopwood Hall college team at Middleton.

Oldham’s squad, mainly comprising players aged 20 or 21, is a mix of locals and players from further afield, some of them already on contract and others who are playing for contracts.

Powerful 20-year-old prop Tom Wood-Hulme, who scored two tries against Dewsbury, has returned to the first team squad, but two players come in who were unavailable for the Dewsbury game — winger Lewis Brookes and back-row man Mark Smith.

Also included, for the second time, are a trio from Wigan St Cuthberts in goalkicking half-back Jamie Dallimore, a former BARLA international, pacy winger Terry Bridge and centre or full-back Adam Hunt.

Hooker Alex Thompson and loose-forward Chris Dean have experienced a different background, having come through the scholarship and academy systems at Warrington Wolves.

Squad: Hunt, Thompson, Williams, Barrowclough, Marsden, Dean, Langtree, Vaughan, Dallimore, Brookes, Smith, Thomas, Fogarty, Barber, Cadd, Ward, Robinson, Nield, Bridge, Crosby, Connick.

Admission is £4 adults, £2 concessions and under-16s.