High-flying University of Durham proved too strong for Doncaster, running out 3-1 winners at Maiden Castle.
The Town Field men’s third league defeat of the season leaves them fifth in the Conference North table, while the second-placed Durham students trail their Loughborough rivals by four points.
Durham started brightly, creating several early chances before Doncaster could settle into their game.
The visitors stuck to their disciplines and began to compete, which led to them scoring the opening goal of the game.
It was Matt Gibson who found himself on the end of a rebounded penalty corner to rifle past the keeper and put Doncaster ahead, much to the surprise of the home fans.
However, the students found an equaliser on the stroke of half time from a penalty corner.
And the hosts took charge in the second period, increasing their lead with two goals in a two-minute period mid-way through the half.
Durham’s third came courtesy of the stick of ex-Doncaster player Harry Bailey, who is completing his final year studies in the north east.
There is a break in fixtures this weekend.
Doncaster return to action at seventh-placed Olton and West Warwicks a week on Sunday.
n Doncaster’s ladies bowed out of the National Cup in agonising fashion on Sunday.
They led 2-0 against National League outfit Stourport only to concede twice in the last five minutes and then lose 4-1 on penalty flicks.
On Saturday Doncaster beat Kirkby Stephen 6-4 to go six points clear at the top of the North Premier Division.