Dean Hatton

Date published: Thursday, April 29, 2010

UNLUCKY Dean Hatton, who fractured a thumb on his Oldham RL debut in the reserves at Dewsbury five weeks ago, is back on Roughyeds’ second-team duty at York City Knights tonight (kick-off 8.00pm).

A half-back or hooker, he impressed at Dewsbury in the No 9 shirt, having been signed a few days earlier from Hornets RL on a short-term deal to the end of the season.

Now recovered from injury, and no doubt pushing to break into Tony Benson’s first-team plans eventually, Hatton is named in an 18-man panel which includes four members of the senior squad in Mark Brocklehurst, Ben Mellor, Kashley Watkins and Scott Mansfield.

Mansfield, like Hatton, is returning after injury. He damaged an ankle on first-team duty at Rochdale on Good Friday, but he is now fit to go again after working hard on rehab over the past month.

Having gone to Egypt on holiday, he was stranded there when planes were grounded, but he used the time to build up his ankle by working out in pool and gym. He got back on Sunday and returned to training on Tuesday night when he was cleared to play at York.

Reserves (from): Coates; Williams, Brocklehurst, Knight, McMullen; Ashton, Diveney; Kinney, Hatton, Mellor, Watkins, Ward, Mansfield; Barrowclough, Cadd, Marsden, Smith, Fullalove.

Main injury worry at senior level, ahead of Monday’s tough test at Doncaster, concerns centre Marcus St Hilaire, who damaged his neck and shoulder in last Saturday’s win over Gateshead.

He couldn’t train on Tuesday, but he will be reassessed later in the week before Benson names his party to travel.

Doncaster, in mid-table with three wins and two bonus points from eight games played, are likely to give home debuts to three new signings from Dewsbury — Paul Hughes, Liam Crawley and Rob Lunt.

Hughes and Lunt played in last week’s 48-12 defeat at Blackpool, but Benson was quick to spot that ten minutes into the second half Panthers led only 14-12.

“Doncaster are much stronger now than they were in early season,” he said, “and they will certainly have been strengthened by the new additions from Dewsbury.

“We had a good session on Tuesday, trying to refine one or two things, and we will need to because they will be waiting for us and we have to be ready for the challenge.”