Lawton eyes second row return

Confident: Craig Lawton
Confident: Craig Lawton
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DONS’ star Craig Lawton is hoping to be back playing in his favoured second-row in Sunday’s Championship One game against second-placed Keighley at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Lawton was switched to centre in last weekend’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie against Super League opponents Wakefield Trinity Wildcats due to injuries and gave a good account of himself prior to picking up a knock to the neck early in the second half.

“I’ve played there before and played there to help the team out but I don’t really like playing centre,” said Lawton. “The people that you are up against are too quick for a start,” said Lawton, who recently signed on until the end of the season.

Although the Dons eventually ended up losing 50-10, Lawton felt Tony Miller’s side acquitted themselves well on the day.

“We were still in it early in the second half and it was only in the last 20 minutes or so that they got well on top and pulled away.

“I think the fact that they are a full-time side showed in terms of fitness; we’d put a lot of hard work in in the first hour. Despite the final scoreline the lads will positives from the game and we’ll go into the Keighley match with a lot of confidence.

“Keighley have lost only once in the league - though they were well beaten by Warrington in the Cup.

“We’ve lost our last four in the league but if we can reproduce the form we showed against Wakefield, we’ll give anybody a game at this level.”