Strong Oldham squad for Lions cup-tie
Saturday 24th February 2018 09:27 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Oldham boss Scott Naylor has named a strong 19-man squad for tomorrow’s third-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Featherstone Lions at the Vestacare Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

It includes the Roughyeds’ three latest signings — backs Zack McComb, Joe Martin and Ben West, who were all playing for NCL premier division side Siddal last season although McComb and Martin have been in professional environments previously.

Dual-reg players are not involved and most of the five contracted players whose names don’t figure in the 19 — Steven Nield, Gareth Owen, Craig Briscoe, Jack Spencer and Ben Davies —- have injury issues.

Said Naylor: “The Lions will be out to cause an upset. It’s their big day and we will have a lot of respect for them.

“But the reality is that if we do everything right and show the same intensity and attitude as we did at Whitehaven last week it will be a very difficult day for our visitors.”

Squad: Bent, Bridge, Crook, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Hughes, Johnson, Jones, Joy, Langtree, Martin, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Rasool, Reid, West, Wilkinson.

Admission prices are £11 adults, £9 concessions, £2 under-16s with a £2 transfer to seats. Season tickets do NOT apply, apart from junior season-ticket holders who can use their passes in line with RFL policy for under-16 season-ticket holders.

The fourth-round draw will be made live on the BBC Sport website on Tuesday (Feb 27) from 7pm.

Eleven Betfred Championship sides will enter the draw alongside the 13 third-round winners.

By Roger Halstead