One-match ban for Lippy

RICHARD Lepori has been banned for one game and fined £100 after pleading guilty to a grade ‘A’ punching charge arising from an incident in Oldham’s Summer Bash clash with Rochdale Hornets.

The Roughyeds’ in-form full-back will miss Sunday’s game against KP Championship leaders Hull KR at Bower Fold (3pm).

He was represented at last night’s hearing by his club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Hornets’ prop Jo Taira was penalised and sin-binned for a high tackle on Lepori, but that was considered sufficient punishment by the sport’s match review panel.

“I find it amazing that the Rochdale player involved in the incident didn’t even get called up,” said Oldham coach Scott Naylor.

Prop Jack Spencer submitted an early guilty plea to a grade ‘A’ charge of making ‘deliberate or reckless’ contact with a match official in the same game.

There was no ban, but if he is charged with any other offence in the next 12 months he no longer has the option of using an early guilty plea.

Sammy Gee was sent off for punching near the end of a feisty Summer Bash derby, but his case wasn’t heard last night because the RFL is still investigating.

“We think it may be heard next Tuesday, but we don’t know that for certain,” said Hamilton.

Danny Grimshaw, who was taken off with a groin injury in the match against Swinton Lions last Sunday, was still having problems at training last night.

“We’ll know more on Thursday,” said Naylor, who felt everyone else would be available for the Hull KR game despite several niggles and bruises at this stage.

Kieran Gill

Kieran Gill, meanwhile, has spoken of his “devastation” at suffering a season-ending knee injury on his try-scoring Super League debut for Castleford Tigers.

Next week he was due to return on loan to Oldham, for whom he has already scored five tries in nine games this season.

Said Gill: “I was very nervous before the game, but once it started I thought it was awesome. I was injured early on, but I kept telling the physio I didn’t want to go off and then I got the chance to score my first Super League try.

“I had to go off early in the second half and on Monday a scan revealed the full extent of my knee injury. I was devastated.

“The Oldham boys seem to be going through a rough patch, but that’s always likely to happen to any team at any time.

“As soon as I can, I’ll be over to give them a cheer.”

+ Oldham players, past players and fans are invited to attend a Rugby League Cares function at Gallery Oldham on Friday, from 2pm.

Mick Martin is writing a play about rugby league and the community, to be performed in Oldham and Rochdale later in the year.

Everyone is welcome to relate their personal experiences of rugby league, but those planning to go must first email Trizia Wells at:

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.

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