Championship: Wood to appeal his gouging suspension

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS have lodged an appeal against the five-match ban imposed on prop Paul Wood for gouging in last month’s loss to Leigh Centurions.

Wood was found guilty of a Grade E offence by the RFL disciplinary two days ago, but will re-appear next week.

Coach Andy Hay said: “We feel we’ve got a good case to appeal, so we’re going to go in there and try.”

There will be no appeal against a separate one-match ban for a headbutt so Wood will miss tomorrow’s visit of Halifax.

Reni Maitua will serve a one-game ban this weekend, but Garreth Carvell, Tim Spears, Alex Foster and Thomas Minns are all in contention to return.

Forward Kyle Trout, signed on loan for the rest of the season from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, is set to make his Hunslet Hawks debut away to Whitehaven on Sunday.

Hawks could again be without half-back Simon Brown, who coach Barry Eaton has given only a 50-50 chance of returning from a sternum injury.

But Eaton is more hopeful about Vinny Finigan and Aaron Lyons, who were both hurt in last Friday’s loss to Sheffield Eagles. He said: “Vinny has a hamstring injury, but it has settled down. If he plays, he will be fit - we won’t risk him otherwise. Aaron came off with a calf injury. It was a whack rather than a tear or a strain and that’s settled down, so he will play if he passes a fitness test.”

Half-back/hooker Matty Wildie (concussion) is Dewsbury Rams’ major doubt ahead of Sunday’s visit of Workington Town.