Bitter sweet ahead of Whitehaven test

Dons' Mike Butterfield tussles with Workington's Marc Bainbridge.  Picture: Andrew Roe

Dons' Mike Butterfield tussles with Workington's Marc Bainbridge. Picture: Andrew Roe

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THERE’S a mix of good news and bad news for Dons coach Tony Miller ahead of Sunday’s tough trip to Whitehaven.

Miller is boosted by the return of SEVEN players who were forced to miss Doncaster’s 24-8 home defeat to Rochdale Hornets earlier this month.

But he must do without influential half back Craig Fawcett, while dually registered duo Chris Green and Nev Morrison could be recalled by parent club Hull FC for their Super League trip to Catalan Dragons.

Miller said: “We’ve got a few more players available for this weekend so there’s a bit of a selection dilemma.

“It’s a nice problem to have because we were down to 18 available players for the Rochdale game.

“The more lads we have available, obviously the more chance we have of doing well.

“I do have a best thirteen in my head but it’s rare that everyone is available,” he added.

“You’re always going to get injuries, suspensions and unavailabilities.

“This weekend Craig’s away with work, and Chris and Nev are on standby for Hull - although we’re hopeful they’ll both be available for us.

“But, on the plus side, we’ve got the likes of Mick Butterfield and Dean Colton coming back from injury.”

*For the full story see this week’s Free Press.