WITH Danny Langtree and Adam Neal back to their best after injury, Oldham will be looking for their fourth win in five games at Newcastle Thunder.
They’ll also be aiming for their third win in a row after victories at Hemel Stags (60-28) and at home against Whitehaven, where they produced one of their best all-round performances of the season to prevail 20-0.
Langtree’s try took his total for the season to 18 — the best by any Roughyeds forward since the formation of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd 21 years ago.
Said coach Scott Naylor:
“Thunder will be looking to bounce back after going down at Keighley last week so we expect a very tough test.
“With five games left it’s all about gathering momentum.
“It would be nice to go into the break (a weekend off for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley) on the back of three wins in a row, but we are well aware that Thunder will have something to say about that.”
Roughyeds will pick from a full-strength squad with the exception of the suspended Danny Bridge.
Thunder, lying ninth with 20 points, have conceded that the top five has passed them by, but say they are determined to finish the season strongly as preparation for 2019 when they intend to have a serious crack at promotion from Betfred League 1.
Their squad will show several changes from the side that was beaten 28-12 at the Vestacare Stadium on May 6, most notably with the inclusion of French international scrum-half Remy Marginet, who made his Thunder debut three weeks after their defeat at Oldham.
With seven French caps, Marginet is one of the most experienced players in Betfred League 1.
Coach Jason Payne will pick from this 19-man squad:
Harry Aldous, Jack Aldous, Mo Agoro, Sam Blake, Adam Brook, Jed Charlton, Tyler Craig, Ben Dent, Connor Fitzsimmons, Sam Luckley, Remy Marginet, Liam McAvoy, Aaron Ollett, Vincent Rennie, Liam Richmond, Theerapol Ritson, Liam Scott, Evan Simons, Lewis Young.
Charlton, a teenage forward who has come through the Thunder academy, will be making his senior debut.
“It hasn’t been the season we hoped it would be, but we are hoping to finish strongly, have some fun and have a dig.
“We looked tired at Keighley and, for the very first time, I had cause to question our attitude, so we are looking for a big response in this one.”
The game kicks off at 3pm at Kingston Park, Newcastle.