SCOTT Naylor will have to make at least one change in his squad for Saturday’s fifth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at Hull KR (2pm kick-off) because prop Joe Burke is ineligible.
The Welshman played for North Wales Crusaders in the third round before he signed for Oldham so he couldn’t play against amateurs Kells in the last round and he is again cup-tied this weekend.
He will be missed against the Super League side because he’s a big unit and, off the bench, he had his best game so far in Oldham colours in the thrill-a-minute 21-20 win against Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold on Sunday.
Rovers coach James Webster was there to run the rule over his cup opponents following his injury-hit side’s 40-0 home defeat by Catalans Dragons last Thursday night.
Reflecting on a crowded Super League programme over Easter and since, Webster said after the heaby defeat by Catalans: “It was a game too far for us. The dam burst.
“Some of the players haven’t been in the environment (Super League) before because they’ve been playing for West Hull or in the under-19s.
“We now have nine days to get ready for Oldham which will give us time to do some training on the pitch, which we haven’t been able to do lately.
“It’s just been play, recover, talk about the game and play again.”
Oldham-lad James Greenwood played in the Rovers second-row, but the club’s latest injury victim Terry Campese, the club captain, missed out with a damaged hamstring picked up in a win at Leeds.
Danny Langtree, Danny Grimshaw and Adam Files will be back in Naylor’s plans after sitting out the Sheffield game.
It remains to be seen, however, whether dual-registration duo Liam Johnson and Tyler Dickinson will be available again after playing in Roughyeds’ last four games against Halifax, Swinton, Batley and Sheffield.
Normally a back-row forward, 18-year-old Johnson has been filling in at centre for Oldham — and doing a good job too — because Jon Ford, Tom Ashton and Jack Holmes are all out injured.
It was the teenager’s length-of-the-field try just before half-time which kick-started a brilliant Roughyeds spell of 18 points without reply in the win against Sheffield.
Huddersfield Giants, at the foot of Super League with one win in ten, have to decide whether they will again make players available to Oldham, knowing that if they play at Hull KR they won’t be allowed to play for Giants in subsequent rounds of the cup.
Tickets for the Hull KR tie and also for the Summer Bash game against Swinton Lions at Blackpool at the end of May, will be on sale from the Roughyeds office at Whitebank (inside the ground) every day this week from 9.30am to 1.30pm today and Thursday; to 3pm Wednesday; and to 4pm Friday.