Barnstaple ban sent-off Matt Gohl for Devon Senior Cup semi-final
MATT GOHL will be banned by Barnstaple for this weekend's Devon Senior Cup semi-final at Sidmouth.
The lock was sent off for a tip tackle during Saturday's 36-0 win over Maidenhead in National Three south west.
Barnstaple suspended him for two weeks at a disciplinary meeting on Tuesday night ahead of an RFU hearing.
Kevin Squire, the director of rugby, said: "I'm really annoyed with him, particularly in our current predicament where our resources are so bare. We can't afford to lose him.
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"It was petulant, not malicious, but he knows the rules. You can't pick up a guy above the horizontal.
"I have asked for aggression and for him to be more physical but every week he is getting involved in little skirmishes. He needs to keep a lid on it or we will be sending him to anger management classes."
Maidenhead's Christian Shepherd was also sent off for a late tackle on Linford Brock, who was taken to hospital by ambulance but not seriously hurt.
Gohl, 19, is likely to be replaced by the experienced Ian Thatcher for Saturday's tie against a Sidmouth side who are ninth in Tribute South West One (west), one division below Barnstaple.
"We should win but I am not taking anything for granted," said Squire.
"I have never had much luck at that ground, it's always a tricky place to go.
"We are going to prepare as though it were a league match. If we do that, no one can accuse us of underestimating them."
The cup, which Barnstaple won eight times between 1999 and 2010, offers hope of a bright end to a disappointing season.
"It's not been an easy season, it's been full of disappointments and setbacks, so it's nice to be in with a chance of a cup final, which is always a great day out," said Squire. "The players have worked hard, so we will take any chance of a reward for their efforts."
Barnstaple are planning to take a squad of 20 players, including colts prop Ashlee Crouch, who joined from Bideford last summer and made his first-team debut as a replacement against Maidenhead.
"He's going to be a decent player," said Squire.
"Around the park he is really exciting but technically there is a lot of work to be done.
"That will only come by working with the squad and he will feature in it for the rest of the season.
"We have a lot of hopes pinned on him moving forward."
James Bath, the scrum half, will miss the game because of England Colleges duties.
The winners will be away to Exmouth or Newton Abbot, who are due to meet on March 30, in the final.