Under-20s at Rochdale

Date published: Thursday, June 6, 2013
OLDHAM RL will take their first look at young centre Ryan Ravenscroft in the under-20s derby game at Rochdale tonight.
Brought to the club by assistant coach Lee Spencer, 20-year-old Ravenscroft is from the Salford area and was formerly with the City Reds academy.

Scrum-half Sam Singleton, who trains with the first team on the strength of his impressive performances at this level, and back-row forward Niall Bradley, who made his senior debut last Sunday in the 30-22 win against London Skolars, will also play.

Among the substitutes will be 18-year-old prop Rhys Wareing of Saddleworth Rangers, who has shown up well in his three previous outings for Roughyeds.

Team: Halsall; Whitfield, Ravenscroft, Wilson, R Ward; Fitzsimmons, Singleton; Hall, Ball, Rasool, S Hughes, Hargreaves, Bradley. Subs: Wareing, Sherratt, Sargeant, Foreman.

In their first outing since May 17, the Roughyeds youngsters will be seeking their third win in four games, having beaten Halifax at home (35-18) and Hemel Stags away (48-0) before going down 36-24 to York City Knights at Whitebank.

Said coach Phil Costin: “We are moving in the right direction as a team, but we need to work on individual decision-making and keeping our structures in place.

“As this will be our first game in three weeks it will bring different challenges, none more so than retaining self discipline.”

In previous derby clashes this season, Hornets won 26-12 at home in March and Roughyeds triumphed 46-22 at Whitebank a month later.

Tonight’s third meeting kicks off at 8pm at Mayfield Sports Centre in Castleton