Team news

Date published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010

PROP Jason Boults, who didn’t play in the 48-18 win at London Skolars last time out, hopes to be back on Oldham Roughyeds duty in Sunday’s big play-off clash with York City Knights at the Whitebank Stadium.

The Yorkshireman starred against Hornets with a three-try performance in a 44-14 win at Whitebank on August 15 before complaining of a groin injury.

He wasn’t fit to travel to London for the final league game of the season 12 days later, but rest and rehab over the last three weeks seem to have done the trick and Boults is expected to be given the all-clear at training tonight.

Centres Mick Fogerty (knee) and Marcus St Hilaire (shin), both hurt in the London game, will also be assessed tonight along with forward Craig Robinson, who broke a finger in training a fortnight ago.

Influential stand-off Neil Roden, rested for the Skolars game, will also be pushing for a recall from what will hopefully be a fully-fit squad of 21 or 22.

The match is NOT all-ticket, but capacity is only 1,502 and tickets have been selling steadily for the past two weeks. York have sold 160 up to now and expect to bring more than 300 fans with them.

Roughyeds are advising fans to buy in advance, not only to guarantee a place but to ease congestion on the day at a ground which has only two turnstiles.

Tickets will be on sale from the club’s office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton up to 5.00pm on Friday.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “A lot of fans who are buying tickets say they will be making their first visit to Whitebank, so that is very encouraging. It’s a massive game for us in what is already a record-breaking season and we are hoping fans will cheer us on to the Grand Final and one step nearer promotion.”

York expect their fans to be outnumbered four to one, but they are urging supporters to come armed with flags, scarves and hats to turn Whitebank into a sea of blue.

Extra merchandise has been put on sale and former Super League star Chris Thorman is adamant that vocal support can help Knights to repeat their league win at Whitebank in May.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said, “but we have already won once at Oldham this year and I see no reason why we can’t do it again. There’s nothing like play-off football for getting fans behind you and this game will be no different.”

Coach Dave Woods added: “We’ve been training hard and often, and the boys are confident. They’ve said we’ll see a different team to the one beaten by Oldham at the Huntington Stadium last month.”