Squad news

Date published: Thursday, April 8, 2010

OLDHAM RL boss Tony Benson will be in no hurry to announce his side as Roughyeds head for South Wales this weekend in pursuit of their sixth win in a row and their fifth out of five in Co-operative Championship 1.

Several players are having treatment following the tough two-games-in-four-days Easter programme.

And Benson will be considering the claims of three who were sidelined over the holiday weekend — Jamie I’Anson, Ian Hodson and Danny Whitmore — as he and his medical staff keep a regular eye on how the walking wounded are responding to treatment.

“All three will be in contention,” he said, “but it will probably be Saturday before we make final decisions given that several players were battered and bruised and didn’t train on Tuesday.

“After games on Friday and Monday it was mainly a session for rehab and recovery and looking at the DVD of the Workington game.”

When the squad gets together again this evening the players to be assessed and checked-out for knocks will include Craig Robinson (dead leg), Lucas Onyango (knee and ankle), Wayne Kerr (ankle), Mick Fogerty (dead leg) and Matty Ashe (groin).

Anyone rated doubtful — Robinson is said to be “very sore” — will be tested again on Saturday.

Whitmore wasn’t involved over Easter because he was recovering from an ankle injury, while I’Anson and Hodson are looking to break back into the reckoning after re-signing for the club only last month.

I’Anson was a substitute in the win at Hunslet on March 12 but Hodson has had only one reserve-team outing since he returned to Roughyeds after leaving in 2008.

Despite a heavy home defeat by Hunslet last time out, new club South Wales Scorpions have made an impressive start to their first league campaign and they will be looking to make amends for last week’s defeat when they clash with Oldham at the home of Neath RU Club on Sunday (2.00pm kick off).

Beaten only once on home soil, and with ten league points already in the bag, they have described as “an outstanding achievement” the fact that Rugby League World magazine named Scorpions’ Anthony Seibold as Championship 1 coach of the month for March and hooker Steve Parry as player of the month.

They also have four other players in the mythical team of the month compared to Oldham’s one — young second-rower Joe Chandler.

Their chairman Phil Davies said: “Most of our players are Welsh and most of them have never played at this level before, but our early-season success — three wins and a one-point defeat in our first month — says much about the strength of rugby league in Wales.”

The form team for March is: Tommy Griffiths (Doncaster); Michael Mark (Hunslet), David Clayton (Hunslet), Casey Mayberry (Blackpool), Mike Backhouse (Workington); Lloyd White (South Wales Scorpions), Paul March (Hunslet); Andy Hobson (Blackpool), Steve Parry (South Wales Scorpions), Lewis Mills (South Wales Scorpions), Joe Chandler (OLDHAM), Christian Roets (South Wales Scorpions), Aled James (South Wales Scorpions).

Fans hoping to travel to the game on the supporters’ coach (£18 per person) need to ring Roughyeds on 0161 628 3677 immediately.