Match incidents bring complaint

Incident involving Whitehall Warriors fullback Ashley Caine in game against Sherburn
Incident involving Whitehall Warriors fullback Ashley Caine in game against Sherburn

HIPPERHOLME’S amateur rugby league club Whitehall Warriors have reported the referee and incidents in their game on Saturday at Sherburn-in-Elmet to the Pennine Amateur Rugby League Management Committee.

The Division Five game was labelled “thuggery” by veteran player and committee member David Beaumont.

Beaumont said it had been a unanimous decision after the game to send a letter to the league over what he claimed were: “the failings of the match referee Martin Crouch to penalise the opposition for continuous foul play and to protect his players.”

He said the referee seemed intimidated by the home players and the large touchline crowd and ignored foul play against the Whitehall players.

The referee did give a red card to a Sherburn player after an incident involving fullback Ashley Caine, he said.

Other incidents went unchallenged including injuries to 17-year-old stand-off prospect John Handscomb, he said.

The player’s nose was broken and he suffered bruising to his cheekbone and was in some discomfort and distress, said Beaumont.

He said one of the worst incidents was when Paul Stead, was taken out after the ball had gone.

“We have taken photographic evidence to show the Pennine League and if they do call an inquiry into the game and want all three parties present, then we can show them and it will back up what we have to say.

“Our letter was handed to the league’s fixture’s secretary, Hove Edge-based Matthew Barraclough for him to take through to a Pennine ARL meeting,” said Beaumont.

Mrs Sue Taylor, secretary-treasurer for the Pennine League had early on Monday evening not heard of the discipline problems at the match.

She said if a letter was submitted it was likely to be discussed at next week’s meeting on February 27.

Beaumont said the club would see what happened about the complaint it had made and that they had not ruled out taking legal advice.