AIMING for their third home win in a row this weekend, Oldham will be anxiously checking on the fitness of several players at tonight’s training session.
Danny Langtree, the latest victim, was carried off with a damaged ankle at Whitehaven and he won’t be alone when the club’s medical team get to work on the walking wounded.
Kenny Hughes and Jamel Chisholm, who have sore ribs, didn’t play in Cumbria but they will be assessed at regular intervals this week in the hope that they will be available for Sunday’s evenly-balanced contest with Featherstone Rovers (3pm).
With Jon Ford, Tom Ashton and Craig Briscoe on the long-term injury list, coach Scott Naylor doesn’t have the luxury of players in reserve.
Vice-captain Sammy Gee was given last weekend off for family reasons, but he is expected to be back in contention as Roughyeds bid to build on consecutive home wins against Batley Bulls and Sheffield Eagles in order to climb out of the Championship’s bottom two.
Like Roughyeds, the men from the Big Fellas Stadium have an extensive injury list, but they will fancy their chances of completing a league double after beating Scott Naylor’s men 20-6 on home soil in February.
More recently, Oldham have proved a tougher nut to crack at Bower Fold where they’ve won three of their five league games this season despite suffering more serious injuries in the past couple of months than they had in the previous two years.
Featherstone are in a similar position, struggling with a long casualty list and unable to get much dual-reg help from partner club Leeds Rhinos because of the Super League club’s own injury problems.
Coach Jon Sharp says he currently has eight players sidelined — Michael Channing, Matty Wildie, Steve Snitch, Kyle Briggs, Scott Turner, Carlton Roche, Sam Day and Danny Craven.
The Featherstone game will be the first at Bower Fold since Naylor’s Challenge Cup giant-killers knocked out Hull KR and Roughyeds hope that headline-winning performance will be reflected in Sunday’s attendance when fans will have the chance to welcome home their cup heroes.
Their next cup assignment is against Super League leaders Warrington Wolves at Bower Fold on Saturday week, May 7.
The tie is NOT all-ticket, but fans can buy in advance from the club’s office at Whitebank (inside the ground) to make things easier for themselves and the club on game day.
Seat season-ticket holders will be able to purchase their normal seats up to 4pm on Friday during these times: from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9.30am to 4pm on Friday.
Main-stand and standing tickets will also be on general sale during the same times, priced as follows:
Seats: £17 adults, £14 concessions, £5 under-16s; standing, £15 adults, £12 concessions, £3 under-16s.