Barrow Raiders to appeal Jamie Dallimore's six-match ban

Appeal: Barrow Raiders are appealing Jamie Dallimore's six-match suspension JON GRANGER
Appeal: Barrow Raiders are appealing Jamie Dallimore's six-match suspension JON GRANGER
21 April 2017 8:58AM

BARROW Raiders are to lodge an appeal against the six-match suspension handed down to Jamie Dallimore, director of rugby Andy Gaffney has confirmed.

The Raiders stand-off was hit with the ban after being found guilty of a Grade D charge of dangerous contact with Macaulay Davies in the Raiders' 26-10 win over Workington Town at a hearing on Wednesday evening.

However, the club have since decided to appeal the ban and are hoping it will be heard ahead of the League One Cup semi-final against Oxford, although Dallimore is still ineligible for this Sunday's trip to York City Knights in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

“It will be next week, hopefully,” said Gaffney. “We had a think about it and slept on it over night and had a bit of a discussion, and that's what we came up with.

“Any game that happens before the appeal will be counted as part of the suspension.”

The charge was that Dallimore made dangerous contact with Davies' leg in completing the tackle – with the Workington man suffering a back injury – and that, as a defender, he had a special duty to avoid such contact.

The disciplinary panel, chaired by His Honour Peter Charlesworth and comprising former players Wilf George and Danny Sculthorpe, also deemed his actions to be against the spirit of the game and involved “an unacceptable risk of injury to your opponent,” according to the full written judgement published this morning.

Raiders chairman Mike Sunderland spoke in defence of Dallimore, stating he always conducts himself within the spirit of the game and while accepting the tackle was awkward, believed there was no intent to injure.

Dallimore added in his defence that there was no malice and the momentum of his opponent pulled him through “as if he was attached to a harness.”

But while the disciplinary committee accepted there was no intent to injure, their judgement was that a message needed to be sent with regards to this type of tackle and took into account Dallimore's previous disciplinary infractions, leading to a ban above the recommended sanctions.

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