Doncaster v Workington Town: Kelly eyes first win in vital relegation battle

Mike Kelly (centre)
Mike Kelly (centre)
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Second-rower Mike Kelly has Championship relegation rivals Workington Town in his sights.

Kelly says the club are targeting their first victory of the season in what he describes as a 'must-win' game.

“It’s a massive game for us because they are the team nearest to us in the league so it’s a real four-pointer,” he said.

“We’ve run several teams close but we are still looking for the first win which will hopefully kick-start our season. Unlike last year, there are no easy games in this league.

“We took a lot of points off the teams which finished in the bottom half last season when finishing fourth but five of those teams were relegated."

The performance in the club’s 33-8 defeat at Derwent Park in March is one of the worst of the season.

“We were in the mix at half time but they ran away with the game in the second half,” recalled Kelly.

“Coach Paul Cooke told us what to expect and they didn’t do anything we didn’t expect. We just seemed to fold in the second half.

“It’s their turn to do the travelling this weekend so hopefully we can gain our revenge and cut the gap between us to two points.

“We seem to be starting games slowly which has cost us because we are then having to try and claw back points."

Despite the fact the club are propping up the league, Kelly says team spirit remains high.

“Obviously you play to win and when you keep losing it’s not what you want to happen," he said,

“But the lads are still getting on with each other and nobody is walking around sulking and everybody is trying to getting us heading in the right direction."

Kelly claims that Cooke continues to have the players' backing,

“We are not leaving any stone unturned in training or in the video sessions, so there is no excuse from that side of things," he said.

“We just haven't been going out on game-days and doing the right things for the full 80 minutes. We've also been inconsistent.

“We put in a good performance against Bradford and came back down to earth against Halifax.

“It would have been nice to have been able to field more of the side which played against Bradford but that’s been the case for a lot of the season. However, injuries and the like are part-and-parcel of the game and you’ve got to deal with them.”