Drama and suspensions in South Cumbria RL cup quarters
Last updated at 17:52, Sunday, 26 August 2012
REFEREES were at the centre of the drama as two Barton Townley Cup quarter-finals ended in controversy.
Millom and Walney Central went through to the last four after one game was abandoned by a referee fearing for his safety and the other was won on a golden-point ruling that went against official guidelines.
The game between Ulverston and Millom at Dragley Beck was called off on 74 minutes by referee Rob McAloone, after he alleged he was threatened by a Millom player.
The Woollybacks were leading 24-14 at the time and the result stands.
At Central Drive, the tie between the Cents and Barrow Island ended 12-12, with the game going into extra-time and the golden-point ruling.
However, official Mark Laing (pictured right) applied a different set of rules than those set down by a league meeting only a day previously, denying Island a chance to advance with what could have been a match-winning drop-goal.
Walney eventually emerged winners 24-13, with both games attracting in the region of 300 spectators. The third game of the round, between Roose and Dalton, ended 30-10 to Pioneers, with no controversy.
The Ulverston-Millom tie was at a crucial point with 10 minutes remaining when the home side’s Tom Spedding was dismissed for an alleged punch.
Four minutes later, Millom skipper Tom Sibley was dispatched for an early bath for allegedly hitting an Ulverston player with a raised elbow.
The visitors’ former BARLA international Wayne Ruddy followed, initially for a sin-bin, but then for the rest of the game for what McAloone cited as threatening behaviour towards a match official as he left the field. The referee immediately called time, fearing for his own safety.
Ulverston vice-chairman Andy Steele was not happy with the abandonment.
He said: “At 24-14 and with Millom down to 10 men (they also had a player in the sin-bin), we were pressing on their line.
“I feel we could have scored with the extra players and then scored again – which could have meant us winning.
“The penalty count was very high throughout, 30 against Ulverston and nine against Millom. I am not happy and we feel very disgruntled.”
At Central Drive, Barrow Island were dismayed as they went out of the competition despite an 89th-minute drop goal from Ian Irvine they felt enough to send them into the next round.
However, the game continued with Walney securing victory with two late tries.
A ruling sent out to all referees and clubs involved following a match officials meeting the previous night confirmed the full ruling when games finish tied.
It says: “Rule 15.2 states that if a game ends level after 80 minutes, 10 minutes extra-time will be played with the golden point rule (first team to score) applying.
“If, after extra-time, the scores are still level, the team with the most tries (if this is equal, then goals) goes through. If still the teams are still equal, the away team goes through.”
However, referee Laing had told both teams he would play 10 minutes each way before the golden point rule came into operation.
A Barrow Island official spoke to him regarding his decision prior to extra-time starting, but was told there would be no change to his decision.
When the Evening Mail went to press, Island had not put in an official complaint.
League secretary Terry Barker said: “I have been informed by events at Central Drive and I will be calling a meeting to discuss the issue.
“I have spoken to BARLA for advice.”
First published at 16:08, Friday, 24 August 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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re-draw the cup, play all the ties at Craven Park on 1 day and get officials from out of the area.(tongue in cheek)
But seriously why not use the cup as a 'Magic' type event and generate some real interest.
The Barrow and District want all clubs to come back to the area an play in a good league, well show the clubs that you can make the league a success by putting on something like this.
There must have been approx 1000 people watching the cup games last week, put them all in 1 place and create something special.