Stags ready to tackle Oxford

Hemel Stags club crest
Hemel Stags club crest

Hemel Stags are gearing up for a Championship One away trip to Oxford on Sunday afternoon.

Jack Molloy – thumb – remains sidelined for the Stags ahead of a month that Hemel coach Troy Perkins believes will reveal plenty about his side.

Perkins said: “It’s still the honeymoon period at the moment, but we’ll know a bit more about how we’re going by the end of May.”

He added: “The majority of Oxford’s squad is experienced at this level or higher and that’s something we maybe lack, but hopefully Gareth Honor and Jermaine Coleman will help on that front.”

Brett Robinson, Danny Halliwell and Martin Roden are all expected to feature for Oxford, despite the trio being withdrawn in the final quarter of last week’s win over Oldham as a precautionary measure.

Oxford coach Tony Benson has only two injury absentees – JJ Baird and Alex Thompson – as he tries to plot the end of Hemel’s 100 per cent record in Kingstone Press Championship One.

Benson said: “I’ve been impressed by how Hemel have started, but I haven’t been surprised.

“They were top of their division last year, they’ve got some strong dual-registration players and Troy Perkins is a very capable coach.”

Meanwhile, Hemel Stags player Chad Sharp and Pat Smith of Gloucestershire All Golds have been charged with offences committed in the 70th minute of their clubs’ Championship One fixture on Sunday.

Both players have been charged with Grade B striking and have until 11am on Tuesday, May 7 to submit Early Guilty Pleas in relation to the charges.

Both players were charged after the incidents were viewed by the RFL Match Review Panel which also issued a formal caution to Leigh Centurions player Bob Beswick for a dangerous throw against Batley Bulldogs.