WINGER DALE Morton climbed out of the crowd to play for Dewsbury Rams in their 23-14 Kingstone Press Championship defeat at Halifax.
Coach Glenn Morrison said the former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats man had been ill all week, but was pressed into action when Rob Spicer joined Rams’ casualty list on Friday and Karl Pryce suffered a calf muscle problem during the warm-up to the weekend fixture.
“Dale was in the crowd,” Morrison said.
“I asked him if he could play and he jumped out of the crowd, rushed to get some kit on and, to be fair, he had a good game, considering he was as white as a ghost and he didn’t have any warm-up.
“It is the first time I have had to pull a player out of the crowd. I have never seen an injury crisis like it. It is an absolute shambles at the moment.”
Rams were forced into another reshuffle when prop forward Paul Jackson damaged an arm.
But Morrison said: “The game was there to be won.
“We just weren’t quite good enough to build pressure at their end of the field.
“We handed the ball over too easily at times and we dropped the ball twice over the line putting it down.
“It was a good effort, considering all the circumstances.”