Hunslet RLFC: Hesketh red card an ‘overreaction’

Gary Thornton.
Gary Thornton.
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FORWARD SEAN Hesketh was unfortunate to be sent-off in Hunslet’s 28-20 defeat at Barrow Raiders, coach Gary Thornton reckons.

Hesketh was dismissed for an alleged high tackle on Martin Aspinwall late in the second half and Thornton – in charge of Hunslet for the first time – felt the referee overreacted to the incident.

Sean Hesketh.

Sean Hesketh.

He said: “He hit him high and rocked him back a bit, but I have watched it back and it doesn’t look that bad.

“Their players came running in and the ref’ probably felt pressured to send him off.

“It was disappointing; we were right in the game until then.”

The incident will be studied by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel this week and, if charged, Hesketh will face a disciplinary hearing next Tuesday. Barrow are second in Kingstone Press League One and Thornton saw encouraging signs from his side, who led 18-12 at the break. He said: “It was a disappointed bus coming back because it was one that got away from us. I could not fault the effort. For my first week and first game in charge, it was good. We’ve got a good group of players and a lot of togetherness and team spirit.”

Thornton said Joel Gibson suffered a slight head knock, but Hunslet, who are at home to York City Knights on Sunday, came through with no major new injuries.