“Whitty” waiting and hoping

Date published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
DANNY Whitmore is sweating on escaping an RFL disciplinary charge after getting a yellow card for punching at Gateshead.

Referee Andy Sweet penalised the Oldham hooker and sent him to the sin-bin 16 minutes into the game with Thunder leading 10-6.
While he was off, Gateshead scored a third try by Jason Payne to go 14-6 in front before Roughyeds hit back with 26 unanswered points to win 32-14.
The RFL’s match review panel looks at all incidents involving red and yellow cards as well as those which referees place on report.
Whitmore confirmed after the game that he was sent to the ‘cooler’ for allegedly striking out at two opponents, but he declined to comment beyond that.
In similar circumstances during the 46-16 win against London Skolars at Whitebank on June 1, Danny Langtree and Whitmore were sin-binned in separate incidents, each with an opponent.
Langtree answered a charge for striking by submitting an early guilty plea which carried a one-match suspension and caused him to sit out the 58-2 home win against South Wales Scorpions.
Whitmore faced no further sanction because, in his case, the RFL ruled that he had been punished sufficiently by being sent to the sin-bin.
Club and player should know before the end of the week whether Whitmore’s second yellow in four games will be similarly regarded by the sport’s disciplinary body or whether he will be charged.
Either way, he will be available for Sunday’s game at Oxford where Oldham will be out to clinch their fourth double of the season, having already beaten South Wales Scorpions, London Skolars and Gateshead Thunder home and away.
They also beat Tony Benson’s Oxford 48-28 at Whitebank in early May.
Coach Scott Naylor expects to be picking from the 17 who performed splendidly at Gateshead, plus Paddy Mooney, Brett Robinson, Liam Thompson, Mark Hobson, Alex Davidson and George Tyson.
Michael Ward didn’t train last night because of a dead leg, but he is expected to be okay by weekend.
Tyson, who missed Gateshead because of back and ankle problems, will also be pushing for a recall.