Early guilty plea

Date published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
OLDHAM have entered an early guilty plea on behalf of hooker Danny Whitmore in relation to his punching offence at Gateshead.
He was sin-binned for the second time in four games and later charged by the RFL with grade ‘B’ punching in the early stages of a game which Roughyeds won 32-14.
An offence of this nature and relatively low grading carries with it an automatic one-match suspension when a guilty plea is submitted ahead of the disciplinary hearing.
The plea went in, after Whitmore had talks with coach Scott Naylor and club chairman Chris Hamilton, in plenty of time to beat today’s 11am deadline.
Winger Dale Bloomfield’s two tries in Sunday’s 38-22 win at Oxford took his total to 14 and lifted him to joint first place in the list of Championship One try scorers.
On the other wing Mo Agoro scored the first of eight Roughyeds tries to extend his scoring sequence to nine games as follows — 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1.
He also totals 14 for the season, but the first of them was in the Challenge Cup and scored before his run started.
Despite Lewis Palfrey’s return of only three goals from eight attempts at Oxford, he still tops the Championship One goals and points tables.
Leading Championship One scorers (league games only):
Tries: Bloomfield (OLDHAM) 14, Morris (Oxford) 14, Payne (Gateshead) 14, Agoro (OLDHAM) 13, Lee (York) 13.
Goals: Palfrey (OLDHAM) 43, Bradley (Gloucester) 39, Hardcastle (York) 34, Swindells (Hemel) 30, Rowland (Oxford) 28.
Points: Palfrey (OLDHAM) 94, Bradley (Gloucester) 83, Swindells (Hemel) 80, Hardcastle (York) 76, Ballard (Hunslet) 68.
Of the side that won at Oxford to keep Roughyeds level at the top with York City Knights, six players came up through the ranks of the second team —- Steve Nield, David Cookson, Phil Joy, Danny Langtree, Kenny Hughes and Michael Ward.
The current crop of under-20s, who include two who are already signed on professional forms in prop Richard Joy (Phil’s brother) and 17-year-old half-back Tom Dempsey, go on show at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm) when they play Halifax.
Back in April, the teams also met at Whitebank when Halifax edged a tight game 27-24.
Touch Rugby for the public (anyone aged 14 or over) continues at Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road tomorrow (Wed) night between 7pm and 9pm.
For further information ring the club on 0161 624 9630 Extension 70552.