PROP Phil Joy is one game away from the personal milestone of 150 games for his home-town club.
If he makes it on Sunday, what a game in which to chalk up 150 not out!
Oldham-born Phil, reared on rugby at Waterhead, played a couple of seasons in our then reserve team before making his senior debut against Gateshead Thunder in the North-East on September 2, 2012, just two days before his 21st birthday.
Roughyeds won 56-12 and Phil marked his big day with a try, not knowing then that seven years later he would still be thundering his big frame into opposition defences in the service of his home-town club.
He made his bow in this team: Miles Greenwood; Lucas Onyango, Michael Ward, Mark McNully, Mark Brocklehurst; Neil Roden, Jamie Dallimore; Jason Boults, John Clough, Chris Clarke, Paul Smith, Sam Cunningham, Alex Thompson. Subs: Paul Noone, Danny Whitmore, PHIL JOY, Liam Gilchrist.
Roughyeds go into Sunday’s big match, aware that Doncaster have beaten them twice already this season . . . and that was before Rangi Chase was available to them!
But they have no need to have an inferiority complex. No team in the division has scored more wins than the Roughyeds, who have won two more games than Donny; scored 59 more points; and boast a better for-and-against difference, 230 against 219.
The Roughyeds’ record also stands up to close scrutiny when compared with leaders Whitehaven.
Both have won 12, ‘Haven’s two-point advantage coming from a couple of draws.
The leaders have a better defensive record but Scott’s boys have rattled up an astonishing 143 points more ‘Haven, giving them a ‘difference’ of 230 against 130.
Moreover, they’s won six of their last seven league games, knocking over Keighley Cougars at home (28-4), Workington Town away (26-16), West Wales Raiders at home (56-6), North Wales Crusaders at home (46-30), London Skolars away (15-14) and Newcastle Thunder at home (28-20).
With a string of results like that there’s no need to fear anyone, especially at home.