CREWE Alexandra midfielder Scott Robertson has been banned for three matches for stamping on Elias Kachunga in Friday’s game at the UniBol.

The on-loan Celtic midfielder admitted a violent conduct breach of FA Rule E1.1 and "accepted the standard penalty".

The incident - which left Kachunga with a deep 'gauge' in his calf - happened in the 83rd minute of the game and was not seen by referee James Bell. But after video evidence was submitted to the Football Association’s disciplinary committee, a charge was dished out this afternoon which means he will miss the Railwaymen’s forthcoming games against Gillingham, Wimbledon and Ipswich.

Meanwhile, Ian Evatt is hopeful that a month on loan at Southport will do defender Liam Edwards well after so long out of the game.

The centre-back played briefly in the Papa John’s Trophy victory against Rochdale – his first game in 23 months – but has gone out to the National League North side in search of extra game time to build up his fitness.

“It’s huge for Liam,” Evatt said. “Hopefully his body can withstand that and build up the tolerance needed to play regular football.

“It’s something he needed to do, we couldn’t offer him those minutes in the here and now. But he went there on Saturday and I believe did very well – they won the game (against Boston) comfortably.”

Adam Senior was also sent out on a month’s loan at York City but after making his debut in a 0-0 draw against Curzon Ashton, saw the Minstermen sack manager Steve Watson and replace him with ex-Macclesfield Town and Port Vale boss John Askey until the end of the season.

Evatt is hopeful the Bolton-born defender will be able to take the change in his stride.

“You go to a big club like York – but that’s football,” he said. “On his debut, he played really well I believe. I’ve had good reports from their manager. Then, in the morning the manager loses his job and now Adam’s a bit in limbo.

“But whoever comes in at York, Adam has to impressed them and get himself in the team. That’s a player’s responsibility.”

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