Dewsbury dealt dealt double blow ahead of play-offs

Dewsbury dealt dealt double blow ahead of play-offs

GLENN MORRISON admits Dewsbury are “up against it” after an in-form pair of Rams were ruled out of Sunday’s play-off clash at Doncaster.

Prop Tom Lillycrop, a stand-out performer in recent weeks, and try-scoring sensation James Craven were slapped with suspensions on Tuesday for respective ‘Grade B’ punching offences.

The pair instantly submitted early guilty pleas, however, reducing their potential bans from two matches to one.

But should the Rams, who produced a stunning fightback to see off title-chasing Leigh last time out, fail to make it past Doncaster this

weekend then the duo may have played their last games in 2013.

Craven is being linked with a move to Keighley for next season, though Lillycrop is expected to be retained by Australian boss Morrison.

“Losing ‘Tommy’ and ‘Cravo’ is a big blow, we are up against it now,” said the Dewsbury chief.

“It is difficult to say exactly who will be available for us until we do our final team run-through, but losing two of you best players isn’t ideal as the squad is already pretty depleted numbers-wise.

“But, as we have for much of the season, we will travel over the weekend with confidence.

“We want to build on what was a fantastic victory over Leigh, that made me extremely proud, and I believe the boys have taken a lot from it.

“We are in the eight and it is a whole new ball game from here on out.

“The boys are confident and if we can pay like we know we can on Sunday then we will get past Doncaster.

“They are in good form, but we are the only team to have beaten them in their last nine games.”

Doncaster's Danny Cowling, meanwhile, who was involved in the incident which led to the suspension of Craven last month, has also been banned.

The three-quarter was charged with ‘Grade C’ punching and has too submitted an early guilty plea, resulting in an automatic two-match ban.

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