Strong under-20s side

Date published: Friday, May 17, 2013

FIRST teamers Liam Gilchrist, Sam Gee, Liam Thompson and Steven Nield play in a strong Oldham RL under-20s’ side against York City Knights at Whitebank tonight (8pm kick off).

With no first-team game this weekend, coach Scott Naylor is happy to see prop Gilchrist and loose-forward Thompson get more game time after missing much of the season due to injury.
Gilchrist was out for seven weeks with a calf muscle injury before making a successful return in the impressive 30-12 win at Hemel Stags.
Thompson had a routine shoulder operation before the season started, missing the first six games but playing well in the last three against Gloucester, Oxford and Hemel.
Vice-captain Gee, one of three hookers in the senior squad, played in only one of those games while Adam Files and Kenny Hughes shared hooking duties in the other two.
Nield has played several first-team games at centre, but more recently he has figured in the under-20s at full-back, playing a huge role in recent wins against Halifax at Whitebank (35-18) and Hemel in Hertfordshire (48-0).
With two consecutive first-team games coming up at Whitebank — against Gateshead on Sunday week, May 26 (1pm kick off) and London Skolars on Sunday, June 2 (3pm) — Naylor will be looking to his four senior men to lead from the front tonight   and to push their first-team claims.
Team: Nield; Halsall, Bickerstaff, Wilson, R Ward; Fitzsimmons, Singleton; Gilchrist, Gee, Hall, S Hughes, Hargreaves, Thompson. Subs: Wareing, Ball, Rasool, Ashbrook.
Thompson is one of four over-age players in the side, but only by four months.
Said coach Phil Costin: “We’re going for our third win in a row so it would be nice to have the support of a decent crowd.
“York beat us comfortably in a pre-season friendly, but we’ve improved a lot since then. It should be a cracker.”
+ Former Roughyeds half-back Jamie Dallimore is thought to be heading for Championship One leaders North Wales Crusaders.
Rochdale and Workington Town were believed to be interested in Dallimore when he was first released by Oldham at his own request a month ago, but Crusaders appear to be favourites.