Aston joy at derby win

Steve Snitch evades the attentions of Lalo Tagaloa and a gaggle of Sheffield defenders. Picture: Rob Terrace
Steve Snitch evades the attentions of Lalo Tagaloa and a gaggle of Sheffield defenders. Picture: Rob Terrace

Doncaster suffered their first defeat on home soil in five months as defending champions Sheffield Eagles came from behind to win 26-22 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“It was a massive win; I’m delighted for the guys because they worked hard,” said Eagles’ boss Mark Aston after seeing his charges record their eighth away win of the season..

“They set off like a house on fire at the beginning of the game. It wasn’t pretty in certain parts but it just shows when we get that confidence back what a good team we will be.

“We’ve been inconsistent week in and week out but there’s plenty of positives.”

The Dons had to settle for a losing bonus point for the second successive weekend but player-coach Paul Cooke says the fourth-placed club will continue to battle for second and third spot while ever it remains a mathematical possibility.

Despite having played with 12 men for 20 minutes of the first half, the Dons only trailed by two points at the break.

“I thought that we managed both periods really well, but that’s not to say we weren’t disappointed to go down to 12 men and my yellow card was unacceptable,” said Cooke

“But I was disappointed with the result having opened up a ten-point lead early in the second half. Having gone ahead we found a way to lose the game again this week

“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and that’s the story of the last fortnight.”

Cooke admitted that with winger Tom Hodson on holiday, Mike Emmett suspended and young half-back Richard Wilkinson having had a knee operation on the Friday before the game and having no dual-registered players from Hull available, that he was down to the ‘bare bones’ but didn’t look to use that as an excuse.

“We are a bit limited but that’s not to say we didn’t have enough out there to win the game.” he said.