Triple boost for Under-20s

Date published: Friday, July 4, 2014
PADDY Mooney, George Tyson and Liam Thompson, all from the senior squad, will play for Oldham RL under-20s against Halifax at Whitebank tomorrow (2.30pm kick off).
Thompson (22) will finally be making his long-awaited comeback in the second-row after smashing his cheekbone in the 20-20 home draw with Hemel Stags on March 9.
“It will be good to see him back,” said coach Scott Naylor. “He was one of our best forwards at the back end of last season and early on this year before he was injured.”
Prop Mooney (20), a former captain of London Broncos’ under-19s, will be keen to impress in the front-row, alongside Richard Joy and in-form hooker Andy Ball.
Tyson, who will be pushing to regain his first-team spot, will pack down alongside Thompson in a tasty-looking pack.
In the backs, coach Neil Roden introduces two newcomers from the Wigan area in teenagers Chris Dootson and Robbie Valentine.
Valentine (18), from amateurs Rose Bridge, plays at centre with 19-year-old Dootson, from Leigh East, on the wing.
Tom Demspey (17), the youngest professional at Whitebank, keeps the full-back role.
Team: Dempsey; Dootson, Valentine, Bickerstaff, Kavanagh; Flanagan, J Hughes; R Joy, Ball, Mooney, Tyson, Thompson, Singleton. Subs: Wareing, B Roden, Hall, Gilks.
With no first-team game this weekend, Naylor has given his squad a few days off, but they will be back in for training on Tuesday evening to begin the countdown to the Whitebank clash with form-team Gloucester on Sunday week, July 13 (3pm).
Salford’s Alex Davidson, who has been on loan to Oldham since the start of the season, has moved on to Championship club North Wales Crusaders.
He hasn’t played for Oldham in the last few games and he goes to the Wrexham-based Crusaders on loan, initially for one month.
Roughyeds currently have Tyson, Steve Roper and Nathan Mason on loan and Jon Ford and Edwin Okanga-Ajwang on dual registration.
Davidson’s departure creates space on the Roughyeds register for one more loan signing.