Team News: Doncaster Vs Oldham

Richard Horne and Scott Naylor have announced their squads for this afternoon’s clash between Doncaster and Oldham.

The Dons head into this game on the back of a major win over close rivals Hunslet.

Kenny Hughes returns to the squad for Oldham along with Jonah Cunningham and Nick Gregson who come on duel reg from Championship side Leigh Centurions.

Head coach of Oldham, Scott Naylor knows the Dons presents his side with one of the hardest challenges of the season.

“They’re in a similar position to us — they’ve probably lost games they expected to win. Like us, they’re not in the position they expected to be,” Naylor told Oldham.

“But they’re a very good team coached by a smart young English coach (Richard Horne) and they’ve got a fantastic dual-reg link with Hull FC which regularly provides them with very good players.

“It will be a big test for us, but it is down to us. When we perform we win; that’s the long and short of what we are as a team.

“We have to continue to defend strongly, like we have all season, and we’ve also got to play with freedom on good ball and score some points.

“When we do the right things at the right times we win games, but we’re expecting a really tough game and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

Meanwhile, Doncaster welcome Jack Logan on loan from Hull FC and also have Hakim Miloudi at their disposal.

The Dons lost to Oldham earlier in the season and Horne wants his side to correct the errors they made in that match up.

“They did a really good job on us at Oldham and dominated our middles. They created opportunities on the back of that,” said Horne.

“We have to match them physically. They’re big and powerful so its a big challenge for our boys to react to that.

“They’ve also got smart halves who kick well. They dominate games and have high completion rates.

“It’s always a bit of a grudge match when a team beats you earlier in the season so we want to get one over on them.”

Doncaster Squad: Beharrell, Boyle, Doherty, Downs (DR), England, Hedges, Howden, Kesik, Litten (DR), Logan, Mariano, Martin, Miloudi (DR),  Osborne (DR), Owen, Scott, Tali.

Oldham Squad: Bent, Briscoe, Crook, Davies, Eccleston, Hewitt, Hooley, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Rasool, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson

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