MATT Diskin’s 21-man squad for tomorrow’s big game against Bradford Bulls at Bower Fold, Stalybridge includes this week’s two new recruits, Ryan Ince (month’s loan) and Lee Kershaw (dual reg) plus three more young players on loan or dual reg who were unavailable last week, Jimmy Beckett, Titus Gwaze and Jack Croft.
Wingers Ince and Kershaw are with us from Leigh Centurions and Wakefield Trinity respectively.
Also from Trinity, with whom we have a dual-reg agreement, are prop Gwaze and 18-year-old centre Croft, while Beckett, another prop, is from Featherstone Rovers.
Gwaze and Beckett. like Kershaw, are no strangers to Roughyeds fans, having been with us previously. Indeed, Beckett hit the headlines at the end of last season when he scored the decisive, match-winning try in the Promotion Final against Newcastle Thunder.
Teenage centre Croft, described by Matt Diskin as “big and athletic”, played for us for the first time in the win at Whitehaven, but he is still awaiting his home debut in front of the Roughyeds’ faithful.
Dave Hewitt, meanwhile, is one game short of his 100th appearance for Oldham, which he will hope to reach tomorrow.
Tackling-machine Liam Bent is out with a knee injury, but two other forwards who also had injury concerns last time out, Ben Davies and Matthew Fletcher, are included.
The squad is:
Dan Abram — proudly sponsored by Rugby Oldham Supporters’ Trust.
Jimmy Becket — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Danny Bridge — proudly sponsored by Pam Taylor and LTS
Lewis Charnock — proudly sponsored by Anne Kearns
Jack Croft — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Ben Davies — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Matthew Fletcher — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Titus Gwaze — sponsorship available on 07904 898177
Dave Hewitt — proudly sponsored by David and Val Webster
John Hutchings — proudly sponsored by ECS Leisure
Ryan Ince — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Kyran Johnson — proudly sponsored by Mick Harrop
Phil Joy — proudly sponsored by the Past Players’ Assn
Declan Kay — proudly sponsored by Rob Long
Lee Kershaw — sponsorship available on 07904 898177
Danny Langtree — sponsored by David and Val Webster
Cameron Leeming — sponsorship available 07904 898177
Gareth Owen — sponsored by Echo Electrical Ltd
Jack Spencer — sponsored by Gaeme Lee
Matty Wilkinson — sponsored by John and Lynda McAndrew
James Worthington — sponsored by Oldham RL Heritage Trust.
Fans are asked to arrive in good time to ease pre-match congestion and should note that the smart Bower Fold Events Centre opens at noon with a special offer of a pint and a pie for £5 from opening time until 2.30pm.
+ Roughyeds need a volunteer to help with general duties in the hospitality suite at home games this season at Bower Fold. Ring 07904 898177 if interested.
+ Game-day stewards are also required. Speak to Phil Black, the club’s Safety Officer, on the above number.