OLDHAM’S Jack Spencer (knee) and Zack McComb (ankle), who picked up knocks against Workington, have been cleared to play in Sunday’s extremely important head-to-head with Whitehaven at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).
They will be among 23 players available for this second home game in a row, but head coach Scott Naylor has reaffirmed his statement of earlier in the week that he will , in all probability, make changes.
Everybody will be in contention apart from long-term injury victim Paul Crook and suspended Danny Bridge.
“Some lads were very unlucky not to play against Workington and others need game time.
“It’s no good playing the same team every week and having the same lads inactive every week. If you’ve got a squad you’ve got to use it wisely so that as many players as possible are ready to go at the drop of a hat on any given weekend.”
He said his players would welcome an early opportunity to put right the things that went wrong in the 32-28 opening-day defeat by Workington.
“Workington are a very good team but if we had played anything like our best we would have been okay.
“Anyway, that game was put to bed on Tuesday and then we began to prepare for Whitehaven.
“They’ve always been a tough side to beat, home or away, but if we put right the things we did last week and play to something like our true level we’ll be a very hard side to beat.”
Whitehaven come to town in second place following their 28-16 home win against Keighley Cougars which was highlighted by a two-try salvo from former Hull winger Andrew Bulman on debut.
Buoyed by last week’s crowd of 765, Roughyeds are hoping for something similar on Sunday.