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Bowman, Jones-Bishop each banned for two games

OLDHAM have been hit by a disciplinary double whammy with two-match bans for winger Aaron Jones-Bishop and play-anywhere Anthony Bowman.

They will each miss the Betfred League 1 home clash with London Skolars on Sunday week, March 24 and the fourth-round Coral Challenge Cup tie on the following weekend.

Roughyeds’ opponents for the cup-tie won’t be known until the draw is made tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at Odsal and shown live on the BBC Sport website from 6pm or shortly afterwards.

Oldham will be No 15 in a draw of 24 clubs — the 12 English-based Championship clubs plus the 12 third-round qualifiers.

Club chairman Chris Hamilton will be at the draw, which will be conducted by former Bradford Bulls captain Robbie Hunter-Paul and Simon Foster, son of a former Bradford Northern legend Trevor Foster MBE.

Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of March 30 and 31.

After this draw has been made there will be a second draw for the first round of the new 1895 Cup which will be played on Sunday, May 5.

Jones-Bishop and Bowman were suspended by the RFL disciplinary committee for their part in the same incident, dangerous lifts on North Wales Crusaders winger Rob Massam in the 29th minute of a game which Oldham won 16-14 in exceptionally wet and rainy conditions.

Jones-Bishop was given a yellow card by referee Matthew Rossleigh but there was no on-the-spot sanction for Bowman.

There will be no comment from the Oldham club.

The Match Review Panel has also issued North Wales winger and former Oldham player Dave Eccleston with a two-match penalty notice for a grade C dangerous throw in the same match.

Eccleston was yellow carded seconds before the final hooter following a tackle on Lee Kershaw.


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