Renewing old acquaintance

HAVING seen off Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs at Bower Fold, Oldham will be gunning for the scalp of a third Yorkshire club on home soil when Sheffield Eagles are here on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

An added attraction will be the anticipated appearance in the Eagles side of former Roughyeds favourites Adam Neal and George Tyson,

They were key members of the Roughyeds’ promotion-winning side last season, Neal as prop and pack leader and Tyson as a strong-running centre,

Neal (25) played 24 times and scored three tries, while fans’ favourite Tyson (22) crossed for 13 tries in 23 games.

The season over, they went full time with Eagles where they have continued to impress in a side which has had a mixed bag of results so far.

After four defeats in  a row — and a public apology to fans from coach Mark Aston — they bounced back to form with a highly noteworthy 46-28 win at Bradford Bulls.

Tyson scored one of their eight tries in a much-changed side caused by Aston’s decision to leave out captain Mitch Stringer, Michael Knowles and Rob Worrincy, while questioning their attitudes.

Aston later told League Express: “Nobody is guaranteed a spot. I wanted players to be inspirational and today I thought they were.”

It remains to be seen whether the Eagles boss will re-instate three of his most experienced players ahead of the Oldham game or stick with the side that did him proud at Bradford.

Scottt Naylor and his medical team, meanwhile, will assess several players at training tonight, most of whom didn’t play in the gripping 28-12 win against Batley.

They will include Danny Grimshaw (ribs), Danny Langtree (hamstring), Jon Ford (knee), Jack Holmes (ankle) and Adam Files, who was unwell over the weekend.



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