The agony and the ecstasy!

ECSTASY: Knights Latu Makaafi gives the thumbs up. Photo: John Ashton
ECSTASY: Knights Latu Makaafi gives the thumbs up. Photo: John Ashton

A weekend of contrasting derby day fortunes means Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster Knights are gearing up for very different ends to their respective seasons.

Rovers suffered the agony of a fourth straight defeat to big city neighbours Sheffield United - a third successive home loss - to leave them looking over their shoulder at the wrong end of League One.

AGONY: Rovers' Nathan Tyson looks dejected after defeat to the Blades.  Picture:  Howard Roe

AGONY: Rovers' Nathan Tyson looks dejected after defeat to the Blades. Picture: Howard Roe

Knights, meanwhile, celebrated a dramatic last gasp win over rivals Yorkshire Carnegie to take another giant step towards cementing their Championship promotion play-offs spot.

A month ago Rovers entertained similar play-off hopes but a run of five league games without a win has seen them slip to 17th in the table, six points clear of the drop zone.

Boss Darren Ferguson said after Saturday’s abject defeat to the Blades that he is confident his side has enough about them to avoid slipping through the trapdoor.

This weekend they aim to turn the tide in another South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley.

Knights, on the other hand, can put their feet up for the next few days knowing they are now within touching distance of securing a top four finish, exceeding most pre-season expectations.

The Castle Park club require 14 points from their final six games to be sure of extending the regular season and battling it out for a spot in the Aviva Premiership.

Director of rugby Clive Griffiths believes the current top four - Bristol, Knights, Yorkshire Carnegie and Bedford - will take some dislodging.