THE Match Review Panel of the RFL has cleared Michael Ward of any offence in his 34th-minute tackle on Jono Smith which caused the Rochdale forward to leave the field with a damaged nose and take no further part in last Monday’s derby.
The panel has concluded Smith’s injury was caused by an accidental clash of heads, so there will be no charge against Ward.
The judiciary also decided that sin-binning was sufficient for Hornets centre Lewis Galbraith after an incident involving Luke Hooley. The panel was satisfied there was no trip.
That’s good news for both clubs on a crucial weekend in which Oldham, Rochdale and Swinton will all be battling for points to stay in the Championship.
Roughyeds play Toulouse Olympique at Bower Fold (3pm) tomorrow (Sunday), while Rochdale and Swinton go head to head at the Crown Oil Arena.
This is a massive game for Scott Naylor’s men and the club is pulling out all the stops in the hope that as many fans as possible will be there to support the lads and provide them with an 18th man.
Under-16s go FREE and general admission is slashed by £5, seating or standing, for ALL fans who fill in a personal information sheet and hand it in at the turnstiles. These can be obtained from 12.30pm at Bower Fold’s main reception.
“Vocal support can make a difference, as it did at Rochdale, so we have cut prices significantly not only as a thank-you to those who support us so brilliantly every week but in a bid to encourage others to come along too,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.
Season ticket holders present at the game will be entered into a FREE draw for a signed replica jersey.
Fighting valiantly to haul themselves out of the bottom two after a dreadful run of season-ending injuries, Oldham have drawn 22-22 at Batley and won 30-24 at Rochdale in their last two games.