HEADED by new-boy Craig Briscoe, players who picked up knocks in Oldham’s 22-0 win at Barrow will be assessed at training tonight as thoughts turn to Sunday’s Law Cup clash with neighbours Rochdale Hornets at Spotland
The visit to Craven Park was an eventful one for Briscoe and for the club’s other new signings, Danny Grimshaw, Jack Spencer and Jamel Chisholm.
Briscoe, taking a short pass from Grimshaw close to the Barrow line, was determined to score against his former club, but he went down in a two-man tackle and damaged a knee. He was carried off in the eighth minute and took no further part.
Grimshaw, who sparked the attack that led to Richard Lepori’s opening try, picked up a dead leg near the end and was taken off as a precaution.
Spencer spent ten second-half minutes in the sin bin for a late challenge on Brad Marwood after his kick downfield.
Chisholm took a painful blow to a thigh muscle and was taken off near the end.
Said assistant boss Lee Spencer: “We’ll assess them tonight. Craig has slightly strained an anterior knee ligament, but with a bit of luck he should be okay by weekend.
“We’re hopeful that ‘Grimmy’ and Jamel will be okay too, but we’ll know more tonight.”
+ Originally fixed for Sunday, July 3, the Roughyeds’ KP Championship game at Sheffield Eagles will now be played on Friday, July 1 (8pm kick-off), subject to RFL approval.
Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park is unavailable that weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton: “We are not happy with this because Sheffield are full time and we’ll have to travel on a busy Friday after our lads have been at work all week.
“I have told Eagles what we think, but I accept they have genuine ground problems. We are in a similar position so we take a sympathetic view and we have reluctantly agreed.”