Disciplinary for Lucas

Date published: Monday, February 28, 2011

WINGER Lucas Onyango will make a personal appearance before the RFL disciplinary committee tomorrow (Tues) with the backing of club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Swinton stand-off Martin Ainscough required treatment after attempting to tackle Lucas in our 29-20 defeat by the Lions at The Willows nine days ago.

No action was taken at the time by the match officials, but the RFL’s match review panel has since informed Roughyeds that the player has a case to answer.

Anything more than a one-match ban would put Onyango out of our opening game in Co-operative Championship One against Gateshead Thunder at Whitebank on Sunday week, March 13 (3pm kick off).

Attention this Sunday turns to our third round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against amateurs Hunslet Warriors at Whitebank, also kicking off at 3pm.

To play in the tie Lucas will be sweating on getting a not-guilty verdict or at least escaping suspension.

Also doubtful at this stage are full-back Ben Heaton and winger John Gillam, both of whom were injured in yesterday’s 14-4 Northern Rail Cup defeat by Whitehaven.

Heaton was led off with concussion in the second half while Gillam had to quit near the end after suffering a broken nose while going close to scoring. Oldham were awarded a penalty.

“John’s injury looks a nasty one,” said coach Tony Benson, who made several changes to his side yesterday, most notably resting centre Jack Bradbury, scrum-half Mick Diveney and hooker Danny Whitmore.

Ben Heaton, Matty Ashe and Valu Bentley replaced them in a reshuffled squad which saw back-row forward Andy Isherwood lose his place in the starting line-up for the first time this season and half-back Ashe get a call-up for his first appearance since the pre-season friendlies.