An injury to substitute Lewis Reed took some of the gloss off Hunslet Hawks’ third successive win.

Hawks backed up from victories at London Broncos and Whitehaven by beating Doncaster 25-16 at South Leeds Stadium two days ago, to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation to Kingstone Press League One.

Hunslet remain second from bottom, but are just two points behind Batley Bulldogs and Whitehaven ahead of Friday’s visit of Featherstone Rovers and then a season-finale at Mount Pleasant.

But coach Barry Eaton said: “Lewis Reed got a suspected medial cruciate ligament injury against Doncaster and he only lasted a few minutes.

“He’s very doubtful for Friday.

“I feel for him, because he has come in and done a sterling job. He has not featured much until the last few weeks, but he has been training the house down and has really contributed to the last three performances.”

Eaton believes Hawks are still favourites for the drop, but he said: “We are keeping the season alive.

“Three wins on the bounce is a pretty decent effort with all the injuries we’ve got.

“The players who have come in have done a great job, the spirit in the camp is good and while ever there’s a chance, we are going to keep going for it.”

Article courtesy of the Yorkshire Evening Post