Rooster woes as players charged

AS if the number of injuries that Nambucca Heads were experiencing wasn't bad enough, now the Carlton Mid Group 2 team will have players missing from their line-up due to suspension.

Captain-coach Geoff Batten must be pulling his hair out after incidents concerning back-rower Grant Archer and promising back Steven Spencer means that the Nambucca Heads will be unavailable for the clash with Sawtell at Rex Hardaker Oval on Sunday.

Archer was sent from the field in the first half of the Roosters' fiery clash with Macleay Valley on the weekendfor a headbutt in a tackle.

The charge that was laid against Archer carried with it a mandatory four-match ban but with an early guilty plea as well as a previously clean record, the back-rower will miss only this weekend's encounter.

Spencer has been one of the more promising young talents within the Group but he was charged for careless use of the arm in a tackle without intent to cause injury.

The absence of the Nambucca pair is a further dent to the chances of the Roosters grabbing some morale boosting victories before the season ends.

On Sunday night after his team's 30-10 loss to macleay Valley, Batten was lamenting the lack of playing personnel within the club claiming that prior to kickoff, he only had 10 fresh players available to take the field and had to make a quick raid of the club's reserve grade and under 18 teams to make up the required numbers.

Nambucca Heads' opponent this weekend Sawtell have been suffering from an equally crippling run with injuries which should make this weekend's match an interesting clash of the walking wounded.

With both Archer and Spencer making early guilty pleas, it means that the Group's judiciary again doesn't need to sit this week in a season noted for it's lack of incidents that have required the attention of either match or competition officials.



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