Team updates – Oldham Reserves – ORSA

Date published: Monday, March 7, 2011

OUR medical team will have plenty of work ahead of them this week in preparing a squad for Sunday’s opening league game against Gateshead Thunder at Whitebank.

Ben Wood (ankle), Marcus St Hilaire (ribs) and Tom Wood-Hulme (shoulder) were all hurt yesterday in the 28-16 win against a very good Hunslet Warriors side in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

“It’s too early to be talking of their chances for Sunday, but we’ll monitor them during the week and see how they go,” said coach Tony Benson.

Regular wingers John Gillam and Lucas Onyago will miss the big league kick-off, Gillam with a fractured eye socket and Onyango because he will be serving the second of a two-game RFL ban.

Matthew Fogarty

Mark Brocklehurst and teenager Matthew Fogarty deputised on the flanks yesterday and both were among the side’s better performers on a day when the amateurs of Hunslet Warriors made Roughyeds battle every inch of the way.

Danny Whitmore, Liam Gilchrist, Alistair Williams and Matty Ashe all mised out on cup-tie selection while Andy Isherwood was given last week off because his wife was in hospital.

Despite the injuries, Benson will have options for weekend although he could be running out of backs soon if St Hilaire is going to be out for any length of time with his rib injury.

The Reserves begin their league programme at York City Knights on Thursday (8pm kick off) and coach John Hough will be looking for a better performance than the one at Keighley last Thursday night.

The Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association (ORSA) has appointed a four-strong interim management committee to look after association affairs until it has its annual meeting at which a new committee will be elected.

Nigel Marland (chairman), Paul Whalley (secretary/treasurer), Maureen Woodhead and John Davies make up the four-strong committee.

Replica jerseys and other leisure wear, by O’Neill’s Sportswear, have arrived at the club. Replicas are selling at £45 for adults and £40 for children.