Preview: Hemel Stags looking to bounce back with a win against Oldham

Hemel Stags club crest
Hemel Stags club crest

Hemel Stags coach Troy Perking is looking for a positive response from his team after last weekend’s heavy defeat at the hands of Hunslet Hawks.

The Stags travel to Oldham on Sunday, but they will have to make do without James Howitt, while Jy-Mel Coleman faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.

Perkins said: “Last week I was disappointed with our lack of ball control. We completed 40 per cent of our sets, which makes life tough against anyone.

“We’ve got to hold the ball a bit more and put the opposition defence under pressure.”

He added: “Oldham are one of the favourites to win the league so we know this is going to be a tough fixture, but if we can improve on a few areas from last week then we can have a good shot at them.

“We went up there last year and only got beat late on, so we’ll travel with a bit of belief in us.”

Oldham coach Scott Naylor, meanwhile, will check on David Cookson and Mo Agoro as they battle to overcome groin injuries ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One clash