PREVIEW: Oldham v Batley

Oldham suffered a surprise 28-18 defeat at Swinton last time out and coach Scott Naylor described the result as ‘the worst’ since his arrival at the club over three years ago.

He said: “We talked about it at length on Tuesday. We got things out in the open and now we need a huge response against Batley.”

Jack Holmes and second-row Danny Langtree are unavailable, but wing Adam Clay is expected to play after missing the defeat to Swinton.

Naylor added: “Jack has serious ligament damage. It’s too soon yet to put a timescale on how long he will be off.

“We won’t have Langtree this week, but we think he could be available for Sheffield next weekend.

“A few players have bruises and niggles after a tough Easter, but apart from long-term injuries, everybody should be okay.”

Batley Bulldogs enjoyed a dramatic 24-23 home win over Whitehaven last time out. Wakefield-bound Head Coach John Kear said: “Easter was all about showing the will and mental toughness rather than skill and the players have handled it well.

“Oldham will pose us a real threat without doubt. We set a target for the first game of the season, then the first quarter, then Easter.

“Now we’re aiming for the second quarter. We will have played everybody then so we’ll know where we’re at as a team.”

Centre Danny Cowling is Batley’s only injury concern after picking up a knock in the Good Friday win at Dewsbury.