Tyson’s tonic for OldhamDate published: Thursday, July 9, 2015
GEORGE Tyson has given Oldham RL Club a major boost in the build-up to Sunday’s derby clash with Rochdale by passing a fitness check on his niggling knee injury.
A major player in the Roughyeds’ pursuit of promotion after nine seasons in the sport’s third tier, Tyson was rested against York in the hope that time off would help the knee to recover.
The plan worked like a charm. He was assessed at training last night, given the all-clear and he trained normally with the rest of the squad.
“So long as he doesn’t suffer a reaction, he’ll be available for weekend,” said delighted coach Scott Naylor, who has a full squad to choose from apart from long-term injury victims Tom Ashton and Steven Nield.
Nield is expected to get the results of a scan on his damaged knee before the end of the week.
Jon Ford, who’s been out with a broken finger, is back training with Salford’s first team, but his loan agreement at Oldham has now expired.
Table-topping Roughyeds are hoping for their best crowd of the season for the visit of third-placed Rochdale, who have had two cracking away wins at North Wales Crusaders and Newcastle Thunder.
They handed a debut to new front-row signing Danny Jones on Tyneside last Sunday, but lost his fellow front-rower John Cookson, who broke an arm.
Said coach Ian Talbot: “That was the only disappointment of the game.
“We had a great win, but the next question is whether we can back it up with an equally impressive show at Oldham.
“Our biggest let-down this season was getting beaten by Oldham at Spotland on the opening day of the League One campaign.”
The best attendance at Whitebank so far this season was 671 for the visit of North Wales Crusaders on June 7, but the corresponding derby clash at Spotland on day one of the league campaign attracted 1200 fans.