DONCASTER DONS: Craig Lawton set for Dons return after losing a stone due to illness

Craig Lawton: Key man in the Doncaster pack for a decade.            picture: STEVE ELLIS
Craig Lawton: Key man in the Doncaster pack for a decade. picture: STEVE ELLIS

DONS’ second-rower Craig Lawton resumed training with the club last night and is set to come into contention for Sunday’s first-ever trip to Wrexham in a Championship One clash against newcomers North Wales Crusaders.

The long-serving forward missed Sunday’s defeat at Workington after losing almost a stone in weight last week after picking up a stomach bug.

“I started to feel ill on the morning of the home game against Oldham but the club doctor gave me lots of different stuff to get me through it,” Lawton told The Star. “I think I did my job, and we won 40-18, but I didn’t play as well as I had been doing.

“The sickness and the diarrhoea got worse and I couldn’t eat anything until the end of the week and didn’t start eating normally until Saturday. I feel a lot better and have already started to put weight back on and I’ll be good to go on Sunday.”

Lawton’s disappointment at missing the game at Derwent Park last Sunday wasn’t helped by the club’s crushing 45-18 defeat - their first in seven games.

“I listened to the game on Radio Cumbria and I thought that we were going to win when we led 18-0 early on,” he said. “Had we won we would have been in a great place because we’d have still been top with both Barrow, who are the new leaders, and Workington, still to come to the Keepmoat, where we are still unbeaten.

“We need to bounce back on Sunday and we’ve got enough character in the squad to do that. Crusaders are a bit of an unknown quantity so we won’t be treating them lightly.

“We are at the midway point of the season and if we can do as well in the second half as in the first then we’ll be promoted. But having got ourselves in a good position we’ve got to be looking to go up as champions.”