Swinton player Lewis Charnock banned after tribunal

Lewis Charnock
Swinton's home of Heywood Road.

Swinton half-back Lewis Charnock has been given a three-match ban after pleading guilty to a charge of punching.

Charnock was charged at Grade D for the offence, which occurred in the 14th minute of Swinton’s friendly win over Whitehaven last week.

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In charging Charnock, the panel said he had lashed out after a tackle and made contact with the head of his opponent with a punch.

The tribunal also gave Charnock a £75 fine, after finding the grading of the offence correct.

Swinton find out Challenge Cup opponents

On Tuesday, the Lions found out their opponents in the third and fourth rounds of the Challenge Cup.

Swinton booked their place in the third round of the competition after a 96-0 win against a depleted West Wales. It was a record-breaking win for the Lions, and their biggest since a 96-4 win over Oxford in 2015.

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Swinton’s opponents in round three will be another League One and Welsh side in the form of North Wales. This time however, they have been drawn at home, with the tie taking place at Heywood Road.

Should they advance to round four, where the Championship clubs enter the competition, they will face either League One side Hunslet, or National Conference League side Siddal at Heywood Road.

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Relegation motivating Rhodri Lloyd

Lions captain Rhodri Lloyd believes their relegation to League One will motivate them this year. Swinton were relegated after just two wins in the Championship in 2021.

Lloyd said:“We have a load of lads now, which is quite rare at Swinton, that have been around the block quite a long time.

“We’re not young pups anymore. We are getting older and we are maturing. I think we’ll learn a lot from relegation from last year.

“We’ve kept the core of boys that did get relegated and I think there’s a massive inspiration for us to move forward and get promoted.”

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