Gee’s early guilty pleaDate published: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
OLDHAM will go into their last two games of the regular League One season without vice-captain Sammy Gee.
He will miss Swinton Lions at Whitebank and Oxford at Iffley Road after opting, in consultation with the club, to submit an early guilty plea to the RFL in response to a grade C punching charge following his dismissal at Newcastle.
The recommended suspension for a grade C charge of that nature is two to three games, but by opting to take the ‘early guilty’ route he will get an automatic two-match ban.
It was his first red card in a career spanning more than 100 games.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “Given his disciplinary record we were disappointed he got a grade C.
“We opted to take the two games though so that, if we are fortunate to qualify for the promotion match, he will be available for that.”
Having won their last 11 games, Roughyeds will be in touching distance of finishing top of League One if they make it a club record 12 when Swinton, another form team, come here on Sunday week, September 6 (3pm kick-off).
The final game, at Oxford, is on the following Saturday, September 12 (3pm).
The race to finish in the top two or top five, both for play-off purposes to determine which two clubs will win promotion, will produce a few twists and turns as clubs hit the last lap over the next three weeks.
There are only three games over the Bank Holiday weekend —- London Skolars v North Wales on Friday (8pm), London Skolars v Keighley on Monday (at Hemel, 5pm) and Swinton v Oxford, also on Monday, 3pm.
The Skolars v Keighley game is a re-run of the early-season meeting at the New River Stadium in which Cougars half-back Danny Jones died from a cardiac arrest.
Skolars have agreed to play their home fixture at Hemel because of the tragic circumstances surrounding Keighley’s previous visit to the New River Stadium and although they also play on Friday night.