TB keen to extend link with local amatuer game

Date published: Friday, November 19, 2010

TONY Benson, the Roughyeds’ team boss, is keen to develop and extend the club’s relationship with the local amateur game, he told the Oldham Advertiser this week.

Towards the end of last season amateurs Oldham St Anne’s twice had training runs with the Roughyeds at Whitebank, while Roughyeds’ reserve-team coach John Hough was later appointed as coach of the town’s under-18s Service Area side.

It was as a direct result of John’s involvement on the local youth scene that Roughyeds signed 18-year-old Saddleworth Rangers centre Matthew Fogarty on a one-year deal.

At most home games last season teams from the various amateur club junior sections across the borough took part in curtain-raisers at Whitebank.

“The local amateur game has an important role,” said Benson. “It is of a very good standard. I saw at first hand last season just how talented St Anne’s are, for instance.

“I want to work closely with local amateur clubs and help all I can. I’ve told their coaches in the past that it only takes a phone call if they want to discuss any issue relating to the sport. That offers still stands.”