Barrow forward banned for five matches

Barrow forward Rob Roberts has been suspended for five matches after being found guilty of illegal use of the forearm in their recent clash with Whitehaven.

Roberts pleaded guilty to the charge after being deemed of striking Whitehaven prop Kyle Amor during their 30-0 victory at Craven Park.

Roberts had initially been charged with a Grade C offence but after noting that the player had made five previous appearances for striking the head of an opponent, the Disciplinary Committee regraded the offence to the more serious Grade D.

It leaves Barrow short of another player – with the ongoing contract dispute with Andrew Henderson ruling the hooker out of action, while also resulting in a transfer embargo being placed on the Raiders.

Meanwhile, the RFL commitee also imposed a one-match ban and £50 fine on Doncaster player Kyle Kesik after finding him guilty of a Grade B high tackle on Gregg McNally of Oldham in the 60th-minute of a Championship match on June 16.

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