NCL campaign ends for Tala and Webb

THE 2017 season is over for Seta Tala of Rochdale Mayfield, and for Ashley Webb of Saddleworth Rangers, both of whom have been suspended until 1 March 2018 by the Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League’s Disciplinary Committee.

Tala has been found guilty of “intentionally striking an opponent off guard” in the drawn Premier Division fixture at Wath Brow Hornets on Saturday 20 May; his previous good record was taken into account in determining the sanction.

Webb has been sanctioned for “intentional use of the elbow”, also on 20 May, during the narrow Division Two victory over Crosfields.

Wath Brow’s Callum Farrer has been banned for two games for punching in the clash with Mayfield (reduced to one match in recognition of previous good behaviour) while both clubs have, following a brawl in the fixture, been warned as to their future behaviour.

A three-match ban, meanwhile, has been slapped on Sam Hart, of Saddleworth, for running in and punching in the ill-tempered 51-0 win over Salford City Roosters on Saturday 13 May. Both clubs have been warned as to their future behaviour as a result of a brawl in the game.

Bradford Dudley Hill’s water-carrier Sean Jackson is sidelined for two matched for entering the field of play without permission, and general foul language, in the 42-18 Division Two win at Thornhill on 13 May; the Trojans coach James Ratcliffe, charged with abuse of the match official in that fixture, has had his case opened and adjourned.

Two players – Jonny Brown of Ince Rose Bridge and Connor Wilson of Normanton – have been banned for one match for punching, with each sanction reduced to `sending off sufficient’ in the light of the players’ previous good records.

Elsewhere Featherstone Lions’ ball-boys have been warned over their future behaviour for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game” in the Lions’ 36-34 defeat at the hands of Division One visitors Shaw Cross Sharks on 13 May. Featherstone’s Danny Glassell, found guilty of a late shoulder charge in the 24-10 reverse at Lock Lane the following Friday, had a `sending off sufficient’ sanction imposed, while Thatto Heath’s Matty Norton was found not guilty of a late high tackle in the Premier Division defeat at Myton Warriors on 20 May.