“Thommo” ready for comeback

Date published: Monday, June 30, 2014
LIAM Thompson, who hasn’t played since he smashed his cheekbone in early March, is closing in on his Roughyeds’ return.
Highly-rated ‘Thommo’ travelled with the team to Oxford as 18th man and as soon as the game was over he was out on the pitch with a tackle bag while his team mates went through their post-game formalities.
Coach Scott Naylor later confirmed that the 22-year-old will play for the under-20s (over-age players can be used by mutual consent) against Halifax at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm) with a view to making himself available for Oldham’s ‘massive’ July programme.
After games on seven successive Sundays, Naylor has given his first-team players a few days off, given that they have a blank weekend coming up.
After that, they play Gloucester at home, York away and Hunslet at home before the end of the month.
“We’ve had a demanding seven or eight weeks, but we’ve got a short break now in which we can recharge the batteries,” said the Oldham boss.
“We’ll get away from each other for a little bit, spend a bit more time with our families, and come back refreshed and ready for a massive challenge in July.
“We picked up a few knocks at Oxford, but nothing to keep anyone out of the Gloucester game at Whitebank on Julty 13.
“I’m sure the short rest will do us good.”
Oldham share top spot with York, second only with an inferior for-and-against record, and then there’s a four-point gap down to Hunslet in third.
The Hawks crashed at home to Gloucester who, since the appointment of Steve McCormack as coach, have become a major threat.
Oldham beat them 30-22 at Cheltenham in McCormack’s second game in charge, but they have since won several games, including York at home and, yesterday, Hunslet at the South Leeds Stadium.
They have still to come to Whitebank twice — on Sunday week, July 13 and in the last game of the regular season on September 7.