Thumbs-up for Thommo

Date published: Thursday, April 18, 2013

IT was thumbs-up for Liam Thompson — and for Oldham RL — when the young loose-forward proved a hit in his first senior game after shoulder surgery.

The 22-year-old former Wigan and Widnes player was withdrawn from the under-20s game at Keighley last Thursday night shortly after half-time.
On the strength of two successful outings in the second team he was immediately promoted to the first-team bench for yesterday’s 36-0 win against the University of Gloucestershire All Golds in Cheltenham.
He got his chance when replacing Mark Hobson after 25 minutes — an opportunity he grasped with both hands.
“Liam did exceptionally well on the ball, in the tackle and to come out of it with no ill-effects to his shoulder,” said Roughyeds assistant boss Lee Spencer.
A thrilled Thompson added: “My shoulder feels absolutely fine. I took a blow on the jaw, which the medical people are going to look at, but the shoulder stood up perfectly to the test.”
Head coach Scott Naylor made changes after two defeats in a row.
Centre Danny Samuel, hooker Sam Gee, half-back Jamie Dallimore and prop Chris Tyrer were among those left out, replaced by Steven Nield, Thompson, Michael Ward and Neil Roden.
Roughyeds have no games next weekend, but they entertain Featherstone Rovers at Whitebank on Friday, April 26 (8pm) at under-20s level and then play Tony Benson’s Oxford, also at Whitebank, on Sunday, April 28 (3pm).