Nicholson handed lengthy ban

Following Keighley’s home defeat to York City Knights last month, Cougars forward Brad Nicholson has been hit with an eight match ban and a £75 fine having been charged with a ‘Grade F’ charge of contrary behaviour.

The second placed Minster city club triumphed at Cougar Park with a 46-16 score but, midway through the second half, impressive half-back Connor Robinson was struck with a flailing arm from Nicholson. Knocked out, the Keighley man proceeded to grab the 23-year-old – still believed to be unconcious – by his collar before shoving him back down to the turf. Already sent to the sin-bin earlier in the afternoon, the former York City Knights player returned following a second yellow card.

After the match, Knights’ coach James Ford was appalled by what he had seen, describing the incident as “outrageous.” Robinson went on to miss York’s victory over Newcastle last weekend but may be back when the team host Doncaster this coming Sunday.

Nicholson’s extended period of absence for Keighley, however, is just one more thing which will add to their ongoing troubles. Having admitted that their finances are in a bleak state – just £34.23 remained in the club’s accounts after players had been paid after the weekend – the Cougars have seen first teamers Matty Beharrell and Adam Ryder linked with departures while forward Josh Tonks and Ryan Wright have both joined Betfred League One rivals Hunslet.

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