Roughyeds latest

Date published: Friday, July 23, 2010

BIG prop Luke Sutton, out for seven weeks with a knee injury, is pushing to be involved in Oldham RL Club’s massive game at Blackpool on Sunday.

Roughyeds will need as much pack power as they can assemble for this second-v-third Championship One clash at Fylde RU Club.

Aussie-reared Sutton hasn’t played since he tweaked a knee ligament while having a great game in the Roughyeds’ 40-26 home win against the Panthers on June 6.

For the past three weeks, however, he has had his sights set on the return match at the Memorial Ground, and his comeback moved closer when he was given the all-clear to play earlier this week.

“Luke’s looking good,” said coach Tony Benson in confirming that Sutton and half-back Matty Ashe will be added to the squad that beat Swinton Lions 42-30 last time out.

Craig Robinson is still sidelined with an upper back injury, while young forward Chris Clarke will face a late fitness test on a knee that has been causing him problems over the last few days.

“Everyone else is fine,” added Benson, “but I need to establish whether Clarkey is going to be okay before I finalise the side.

“Sutton and Ashe will both be in contention. I had close to a full squad training this week, so I will have some decisions to make.”

Oldham (from): O’Connor, Onyango, St Hilaire, Fogerty, Gillam, N Roden, Ashe, McNally, Boults, M Roden, Ellison, Chandler, Clarke, Bentley, Kerr, Whitmore, Heaton, Sutton, Hodson.

“This is a very important game for us,” added the Oldham boss, “but it’s no more important than any of the next four.

“Panthers have spent big and they can trouble anyone in this division, but we have prepared as well as we can and we are looking forward to it.”

Roughyeds expect to be cheered on at the seaside by their biggest away following of the season.

The reserves play Keighley Cougars at Whitebank Stadium tomorrow (Sat), kicking off at 1.00pm.

“I haven’t named a squad yet, but it will mainly comprise the players who were on duty at Widnes last week,” said coach John Hough.