No charge for Owen and Middlehurst


ROUGHYEDS have received a double tonic ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday clash with Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold (3pm kick-off).

Second-row forward Gary Middlehurst and hooker Gareth Owen, who were both sin-binned in the second half at Bradford, will receive no further sanction from the RFL.

As part of the RFL’s normal disciplinary procedure, their cases went before the sport’s Match Review Panel for video review, the outcome in each case being ‘No charge’ with the added rider that spells in the sin-bin were sufficient punishment.

After a team warning, Owen was given a yellow card for a high tackle in the 67th minute but “contact was open-handed with minimal force.”

Four minutes later Middlehurst disputed a referee’s decision “but did not use abusive language or behave in an aggressive manner.”

Sheffield boss Mark Aston. meanwhile, has told the Sheffield Star he fears more players will jump ship if Eagles don’t move quickly to resolve their proposed takeover.

He said he had already lost two players for next season and if, as expected, the club reverts to a part-time operation, current full-time contracts would be up for re-negotiation.

Scott Naylor and Aston, the rival coaches, will both be looking for positive responses, Naylor after a heavy defeat at Bradford and Aston following a narrow home defeat by Swinton Lions.

Roughyeds will be hoping home advantage tips things in their favour, given that they have already beaten Dewsbury Rams, Kells, Batley Bulldogs, Sheffield, Featherstone Rovers, Whitehaven, Swinton Lions and Workington Town at Bower Fold in this their first season of Championship rugby.

Said Scott: “Eagles won’t want to lose two in a row and since we beat them at their place a couple of months ago they’ve been playing a lot better.

“We have to make a positive response after what happened at Bradford, and I feel sure we will do just that.”

Other games on Monday: Dewsbury Rams v Bradford Bulls; Swinton Lions v Workington Town; Whitehaven v Halifax.

If Roughyeds make it three wins in a row against the Eagles and both Cumbrian clubs lose on the Bank Holiday, there will be much rejoicing because we will be safe from relegation with three games still to play.

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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