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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Mark Calderwood injury doubt for Workington Town

Workington Town winger Mark Calderwood is doubtful for Sunday’s big Championship derby clash with Barrow Raiders.

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Mark Calderwood

Calderwood took a superb high catch but fell awkwardly during the second half of the 28-24 defeat to Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

Former Super League star Calderwood ran in two tries against the reigning champions before leaving the pitch due to his injury. He said: “I’m in a bit of pain right now after landing on my neck and shoulder and I’ve got pins and needles in my arm.

“It felt okay at the time and I tried to carry on. But it soon became obvious that I couldn’t continue.”

Calderwood, the scorer of 119 Super League tries and a former England international, was relieved to get his account started this season, and added: “It’s been a bit frustrating I haven’t being seeing much of the ball in the first three games this season.

“So it’s really good to get off the mark.”

Calderwood’s first-half double helped Town to a 24-10 advantage at the break against the Eagles but the second half was a different story.

“After the break, we didn’t do the things we did well in the first half and the injury to Andy Morris (who was taken to hospital) hurt us,” he said.

“There was a 10-15 minute delay while Andy was being treated and when we started again, the Eagles started better than we did, scoring almost immediately,” added Calderwood who make the move straight from the top flight to Town in Championship One.

“There are a lot of good players in the Championship, players who could be playing in Super League. I get targeted a lot because of my reputation and people knowing what I can do.

“So it was very pleasing to get a couple of tries on Sunday. We got what we deserved from the game (a bonus point) but the squad is coming together nicely and there’s a long way to go.

“All the players will be wanting to play against Barrow on Sunday. It’s a local derby and we’re all buzzing about it. Hopefully, I will be in contention. Barrow aren’t going too well at the moment but all that can change in a derby game and we are very wary of that.”

Andy Morris stayed in hospital on Sunday night as a precaution but, after a CT scan, was given the okay to return home. And he will be in contention for the game against Barrow, with Callum Phillips who also came off after a knock.

Town’s Good Friday clash at home to Haven has been changed to a 1pm kick-off after the club consulted the authorities.

One thing taken into consideration was the Uppies & Downies game which kicks-off at 6pm. The game won’t now be televised on Premier Sports.

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