OLDHAM go to Halifax tonight (Monday, 7.30pm) in search of their first away win of the season, having come closest with a 26-26 draw at Rochdale and an 8-6 loss at Featherstone.
Coach Scott Naylor has said that all members of the squad will be used over the two-game Easter period, which would indicate that Kieran Gill, Tuoyo Egodo, Jamel Chisholm and Ben Davies (if fit) will come into the 17, having not figured in Friday’s 22-18 win against Swinton Lions at Bower Fold.
When interviewed in the hospitality suite before the Swinton game, the Castleford Tigers youngsters Gill (21) and Egodo (20) both said how much they were enjoying their time at Oldham on loan.
“I’ve always felt part of the Roughyeds family from the time I first arrived here last season,” said Gill, who will never forget his fantastic match-winning try against Bradford Bulls.
Egodo, who also played a key role in THAT try, echoed his team mate’s liking for life with the Roughyeds and said he was enjoying playing at Championship level even though it was tougher and more physical to what he had been used to.
The pair of them then went out to watch their Oldham colleagues pick up their third home win from four Championship outings at Bower Fold before a crowd of 804 — the second best of the season so far.
A face in the crowd was that of Halifax boss Richard Marshall, who was there to run the rule over Roughyeds ahead of tonight’s game at Fax.
He then dashed back to oversee his side’s 22-12 win at Bradford Bulls on Friday night, which means Fax have won seven of their last nine games in all competitions to go fourth in the table.
Dewsbury Rams, Swinton Lions, London Broncos and Sheffield Eagles have all returned from The Shay empty-hand, but Featherstone Rovers (32-26) and Toulouse Olympique (12-10) won there.