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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Ex-Super League star could line up for Workington in derby

Ex-Super League star Peter Lupton could go straight into action for Workington Town in the Good Friday derby – if he gets the medical all-clear today.

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Peter Lupton

Lupton played a major role for Town at stand-off in their pre-season win over Whitehaven, Recre boss Don Gailer noting his contribution.

Lupton is yet to make his competitive debut after injuring his thumb in a car crash near his Millom home in late January.

“We’ll see what the doctor says and take it from there,” said chairman Dave Bowden. “I know he’s itching to play, and we’ll all be excited when we get him back.”

Lupton, who joined Workington from defunct Super League side Crusaders, has kept up his fitness levels during his enforced absence.

Town lie second in Championship One after three rounds while Haven have won three consecutive games.

But Bowden said: “In derby games, previous form doesn’t come into it that much. Players approach it differently.

“From our point of view, we have players who can win anywhere, but Whitehaven are always a very difficult team to beat at home.

“Those two things make for a really exciting tussle.”

Town and Haven were both made to work hard in last weekend’s league wins against London Skolars and Gateshead Thunder respectively, previously two of the division’s whipping boys, who are both looking to be stronger this term.

“Once you get through Easter you can usually start doing comparisons in form,” Bowden added.

“But teams are so even this time that you won’t be able to determine a pecking order at that point.”

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