Grimmer milestone: 150 games coming up

IF Danny Grimshaw plays for Roughyeds against Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) it will be his 150th career game.

He’s on the verge of reaching this career milestone after making 94 appearances for Hunslet, 29 at York, two at Doncaster and 24 at Oldham.

Oldham were in the wars at Hull KR last week with Gareth Owen (broken nose) and Grimshaw (concussion) suffering most, but Owen will be okay to face the Rams and there’s a chance Grimshaw will be too.

He’s been following head-injury protocol this week and a decision will be made later.

While fans will be looking for big performances from comeback duo George Tyson and Richard Lepori, Scott Naylor and his staff will be equally focused on the engine room and, in particular, on Ben Davies and Liam Thompson.

Having spent the first few weeks of the season struggling with lower-back complaints, the two forwards made their first Championship appearances at Hull KR and impressed Naylor despite their lack of match practice and KR’s total domination of the game.

Thompson, last year’s player of the year, has been at Oldham long enough to build a reputation as a 100 per cent grafter who can be relied on to put in a shift whenever he puts on the shirt.

New-boy Davies, a close-season capture, has not had the best of luck since his arrival from Whitehaven, but on debut at KCOM Craven Park he showed what he was made of when enjoying two good spells off the bench.

With a comparatively small squad, Naylor needs forwards like Thompson and Davies to go from strength to strength as the season progresses and he’s hoping their performances at Hull will be the start of even better things from 25-year-old Thompson and former Wigan and Widnes prop Davies (27), who has 37 Super League appearances on his CV.

Said Naylor: “They were sore at training on Tuesday, but that was to be expected. It was a big ask for them to face opponents like Hull KR after being out for so long.

“In the circumstances they did well. It was a bad day for us right cross the park, but to be honest I thought Ben and ‘Thompy’ were two of our best, our shining lights.”

Naylor will be looking for a massive response from his players after their 48-0 hammering on Humberside.

“We paid the price for our superb performance against London,” said the Oldham boss. “Rovers saw the match video, expected a tough time against us, set off at 100 miles an hour and blew us away.

“To keep things in perspective it was our first blip of the season. We’ve played three of the top four teams and run two of them very close.

“The fact that Dewsbury are seeking their first win makes them very dangerous opponents.”

The injury-hit Rams haven’t won since they beat Naylor’s men 30-12 at the Tetley’s Stadium at the end of last season after Roughyeds had already clinched their place in the Championship for 2017.

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