Oldham forward Liam Bent was involved in a road accident when he was travelling to Sunday’s game against West Wales.
The former Salford Red Devils player was forced to withdraw from Oldham’s squad in the game, while Ben Davies also had to pull out in the warm-up with a calf problem.
Paul Crook replaced Bent while club captain Gareth Owen – who was being rested and selling fund-raising tickets for the supports’ club – had to come into the side.
Players were forced to play for long periods, but the Roughyeds still managed to ease past West Wales 56-6 at the Vestacare Stadium.
Oldham coach Scott Naylor said: “It was particularly important we won this one, given we go to Whitehaven next and if we win up there we’ll go top.
“Luckily, Liam Bent was okay after the car accident. He rang in to say he would be late but I told him to go straight home and rest.
“You can often get delayed reaction after a bump like that and I want him fully fit for Whitehaven.
“We’ve got a few injury issues and I’ll have to sort them so that we can field our strongest side.”