BRADFORD Bulls are currently without any recognised half-backs for next Monday night's trip to York City Knights.

Dec Patton has been hit with a Grade 'E' charge for gouging by the RFL's match review panel following Bradford's 22-6 defeat to Halifax Panthers at the Betfred Championship Summer Bash.

As a result, Patten has been referred to tribunal and could receive a ban of around four to eight matches, starting with missing the visit of the LNER Community Stadium on Monday, August 15 (7.45pm).

The Bulls remain without half-backs Jordan Lilley and Billy Jowitt, who are missing through ankle and ACL injuries respectively.

Lilley has not played since last month's 30-4 defeat at Barrow Raiders while Jowitt has been absent since the 38-4 loss at Leigh Centurions.

Head coach Mark Dunning deployed full-back Elliot Kear alongside in the halves against Halifax and the number one could partner with 18-year-old half Myles Lawford, who is yet to make his first-grade debut, against York.

Bradford's former York pair Jordan Baldwinson and Sam Scott are also likely to miss out on a return to their former club.

Baldwinson has a calf issue and Scott is nursing a knee problem. Fellow forward Ebon Scurr is out with an ankle injury.

Bradford are currently ninth in the Championship, 10 points adrift of sixth-placed York, who occupy the final play-off position.

The Bulls are on a five-match losing streak and host bottom club Workington Town on Sunday (3pm).