Briscoe, Clay, Grimshaw in fitness fight

CRAIG Briscoe is said to be a “massive doubt” for the game with London Broncos that will start a new era for Oldham Rugby League Club.

There are queries too about Adam Clay, last season’s top try scorer, and new half-back Danny Grimshaw, whose form in the three pre-season games has been impressive.
Clay suffered a minor groin injury in training and was left out of the squad that won the Law Cup at Rochdale, scoring tries by Grimshaw, Jack Spencer, Jamel Chisholm and Michael Ward (2).
Briscoe damaged a knee in the first few minutes of the 22-0 win at Barrow eight days ago.
Roughyeds were dealt another blow in the opening minutes of the 29-12 win at Rochdale when Grimshaw swept in for a stunning, long-range individual try before taking a knock a few minutes later in a tackle after he had kicked ahead.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “Briscoe is a massive doubt and we’ll know more about the other two when we meet up again on Tuesday night.
“Clay hurt a groin while training last Thursday.   It isn’t a tear or anything serious like that —- more a tightening of the groin.
“Grimshaw is sore in the area of calf and ankle. All three will be assessed on Tuesday.”
The game against Broncos at the Bower Fold home of Stalybridge Celtic FC on Sunday (3pm)  will be Oldham’s first in the Kingstone Press Championship since winning promotion from League One.
The club is laying on subsidised transport from Whitebank to Bower Fold for each home game during the season.
The return trip costs £1.50 per person (all ages) but seats  must be booked in advance on 07904898177 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The Whitebank social club will open on game days from 12.45pm and transport will leave for Bower Fold at 1.45pm.
Season tickets can be collected from the sponsors’ suite at Whitebank between noon and 5pm today and from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday inclusive.

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