Dewsbury Rams coach Neil Kelly could hand debuts to on loan duo Lewis Heckford and Cameron Scott for Saturday’s trip to Betfred Championship full-timers London Broncos.
Heckford joined the Rams on loan from Wigan Warriors last month but is yet to feature for the club, while 18-year-old England Youth centre Scott joined from Hull FC last week.
Captain Paul Sykes limped off with a hamstring injury during the second half of Dewsbury’s 46-18 defeat at home to Halifax and is a major doubt to face former club London, which could hand Heckford the chance.
Speaking after Sunday’s game, Kelly said: “(Paul’s) done his hamstring in some shape or form. Its either a hamstring tear or hamstring strain.
“We hope its just a strain because if it’s a tear we are going to have to play without him for the next couple of weeks and he is a big player for us and that just adds insult to injury on the performance.
“Lewis Heckford I’d expect to capitalise on Paul’s injury because I can’t see him recovering in time for Saturday.
“I’ve not brought Cameron Scott here not to play, so he’s going to play.”
Dewsbury head to the capital having lost their last six Championship games and seven in all competitions and Kelly will be looking for a reaction to last week’s ‘unacceptable’ defeat to Halifax.
Dewsbury got back into the game through a Sykes converted try early in the second half, which pulled the score back to 22-18, but Halifax capitalised on a Rams mistake to score soon after and then pulled away with a further three tries in the final 15 minutes.
Kelly added: “We have been in a tough run of fixtures and the team have played every week and deserve a lot of credit for that.
“When bad things happen in a game, we have got to give a positive reaction rather than feeling sorry for ourselves.
“I thought Dom Speakman was one of the only positives from the (Halifax) performance. He played really well when he came on but unfortunately in a losing effort.”
Supporters group The Amber Ribbon are running a coach to Saturday’s game at London with pick up points from Tesco Express, Mirfield (9am), The Timepiece Weatherspoons, Dewsbury (9.15am) and Hanging Heaton WMC (9.30am) and will leave Ealing Trailfinders at 6pm.
The cost is £20 and bookings can be made by contacting The Amber Ribbon.