Doncaster Athletic Club aiming to kick on in second British League meeting

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Doncaster Athletic Club are under starter’s orders for their second British Men’s Athletics League Division Four meeting at Bedford on Saturday.

The Keepmoat Stadium club finished fifth out of six in the first of the four league meetings at Derby last month,

“We weren’t too far behind the third and fourth-placed clubs but we are looking to finish a bit higher this time,” said club chairman Kev Lincoln.

“We had to contend with a couple of last-minute injuries and we had a slight problem with not getting a full team out, but we’ve corrected that and hopefully we’ll make a better show of it at Bedford.

“It’s just getting to know the routine and also the calibre of the clubs that we are up against and, as I said before the first league meeting, we are just taking it one step at a time and seeing how it goes.

“Some of the athletes didn’t perform as well as they are capable of on the day, whether that was down to nerves or not - because it can be a little bit daunting competing at this level for the first time - I don’t know but we know there is room for improvement.”

Newly-crowned British men’s decathlon champion Aiden Davies will again line-up for his hometown club.

“We are very proud of Aiden,” said Lincoln.

“He’s been with us since a young boy and he stuck with as he came up through the ranks. He trains hard and (coach) Bruce Bewley has done a good job with him.

“He’s a credit to the club, and a nice lad as well. He’s certainly a real role model for the younger athletes.

“He’s already achieved a lot but he has plenty of time to improve still further and could possibly go on to Olympic standard in future years.”