Tyson set for Under-20s

Date published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
GEORGE Tyson, keen to regain his Oldham first-team spot after injury, is lined up to play for the under-20s at Whitebank on Saturday.
The 20-year-old back-rower, on long-term loan from Salford, is likely to pack down alongside Liam Thompson against Halifax (kick-off 2.30).
Both will be keen to prove their fitness ahead of three crucial first-team games this month against Gloucester, York and Hunslet.
Loose-forward Thompson has been out for three months with a fractured cheekbone.
Fans’ favourite Tyson, dubbed the ‘blond bomber’, hobbled off with a damaged ankle and a sore back near the end of the 58-2 hammering of South Wales at Whitebank on June 15.
He missed the 32-14 win at Gateshead, after which Scott Naylor kept an unchanged team which went to Oxford and won 38-22.
“George is fit to go again and I think both he and ‘Thompo’ (Thompson) will be in the side against Halifax,” said under-20s coach Neil Roden.
Roden will finalise his squad at training tomorrow (Thursday) night and with no first-team game this weekend he might have at least one more senior player in the side as well as his two recently upgraded new professionals, Richard Joy and Tom Dempsey.
* HOOKER Danny Whitmore, suspended for one game by the RFL for punching an opponent at Gateshead, will miss the home game against in-form Gloucester All Golds on Sunday week, July 13 (3pm kick off).
Oldham thought the ban might be covered by Saturday’s under-20s game, given that the first team has a free weekend, but the RFL ruled otherwise.
* THREE Oldham players — winger Dale Bloomfield and forwards Phil Joy and Danny Langtree — are in the Kingstone Press Championship One team of the week after playing well at Oxford.
Top team: Sheriff (Gateshead); Bloomfield (OLDHAM), Mulkeen (Oxford), Maun (Hunslet), Ward (Gloucester); Meads (Gateshead), Smith (York); Brennan (York), Cook (Gloucester), Joy (OLDHAM), Baird (Oxford), Langtree (OLDHAM), Picketts (York).
* KIWI import Jordan Meads, a stand-off who made his Gateshead debut when Roughyeds won on Tyneside on June 22, was named player of the week for playing a key role in Thunder’s 66-6 win at London Skolars.
* ¬†STEVE McCormack’s Gloucester picked up the team-of-the-week award thanks to their terrific 23-16 win at Hunslet.
Since McCormack’s arrival as coach in May, All Golds have won five of their six games, their only defeat being a 30-22 loss to Oldham at Cheltenham.¬†
York and Hunslet, first and third in Championship One, were among their scalps.
McCormack has to bring his men to Whitebank twice — on July 13 and September 7.