HOOKER Bob Beswick and Samoa centre Matty Wright, who has played more than 100 games in the NRL, are out of the Newcastle side for tomorrow’s (Sun) game against Oldham at Bower Fold (3pm kick-off).
Both were hurt in the home defeat by York City Knights on the Friday night before Magic Weekend, thus removing two of Thunder’s most potent and most experienced players from the North-East side’s bid to win down here for the first time ever.
They’ve beaten us a few times in Geordie-land, but never in a Roughyeds home game.
Even without Beswick and Wright, they’ll still field a side packed with Super League experience from full-back Calum Turner (ex-Castleford Tigers) and running all the way through the side.
They have a particularly explosive back division, comprising of Jack Johnson and Alex Clegg on the wings and Kieran Gill — haven’t we heard of him before some place? — in the centre.
Gill, linked with Bradford Bulls for next season, has some wonderful memories of playing at Bower Fold in Roughyeds colours, and he’ll be anxious to put on a show on the ground where he scored that stunning 77th-minute that enabled us to beat the Bulls 26-22 in 2017.
OLDHAM: Dan Abram, Jamie Abram, Liam Bent, Danny Bridge, Tommy Brierley, Lewis Charnock, Tyler Dupree, Declan Gregory, Joe Hartley, Dave Hewitt, Ben Holcroft, Ryan Ince, Bradley Jinks, Phil Joy, Liam Kirk, Danny Langtree, Luke Nelmes, Gareth Owen, Martyn Reilly, Max Roberts, Harvey Spence.
NEWCASTLE: Jack Johnson, Kieran Gill, Calum Turner, Jake Shorrocks, Josh Woods, Nathan Wilde, Kyle Trout, Ukuma Ta’ai, Liam McAvoy, Evan Simons, Ted Chapelhow, Jay Chapelhow, Connor Bailey, Alex Clegg, Cole Oakley, Reece Dean, Kieran Hudson, Alex Donaghy, Isaac Nokes, Jake Anderson, Tom Spencer (a prop on loan from Leigh).
A piece on the Thunder website says that
“Oldham will provide a stern test on their own patch with a strong desire to secure a win in their final home game this season.”
It’s your last chance to watch your Roughyeds at home this season and, unless you are going to Dewsbury next week, your last chance to wave farewell to hooker and club captain Gareth Owen, who is bowing out at the age of 29 and after more than 150 games in the colours of his home-town team.
Under-16s go FREE and normal admission prices apply to everyone else (adults and concessions), either online via the ticket page NOW or at the turnstiles tomorrow.
- Referee: J Smith
- Touch Judge: C Sharrad
- Touch Judge: S Ellis