Chris Clarke

Date published: Thursday, May 6, 2010

ROUGHYEDS have expressed their concern at the incident in which young back-row forward Chris Clarke sustained a nasty facial injury at Doncaster on Monday.

One of the two Doncaster players involved in the tackle immediately signalled for assistance for the Oldham forward as he slumped to the ground.

The game was held up for a few minutes as Clarke received medical attention on the field before he was led away to have seven stitches in his lip and mouth.

Earlier, the 19 year old had marked only his eighth appearance in senior rugby with a try — his second in two games.

Roughyeds coach Tony Benson said after the game that he wasn’t happy at the way one of his young forwards had been “bashed up”.

Referee Greg Dolan took no action, but Roughyeds have since looked at the incident on the match tape and have asked the Rugby League’s disciplinary body to look at it also.

“It will now be studied by the RFL’s match review panel later today,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.

Roughyeds, meanwhile, are continuing to work round the clock in order to meet RFL ground requirements so they can make Sunday’s home game against York City Knights the first to be staged at Whitebank Stadium, their new home.

Some essential administrative matters concerning club safety were also being attended to today.

Club officials remain confident that they will get the go-ahead, so much so that standing tickets for the Roughyeds’ big day are on sale at the club’s office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel 0161 628 3677) and will remain so until 5.00pm tomorrow (Fri).

They are priced at £10 adults, £8 concessions and £3 under-16s and Roughyeds hope supporters will buy tickets up front so they can be sure of getting in and help to avoid congestion at the turnstiles.