Doncaster looking to reach summit

BLAZING A TRAIL: Craig Fawcett leaves the Barrow defence for dust on his way to a superb try for the Dons. Picture: Andrew Roe.
BLAZING A TRAIL: Craig Fawcett leaves the Barrow defence for dust on his way to a superb try for the Dons. Picture: Andrew Roe.
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TONY Miller is confident the Dons have done enough to seal promotion and now he is targeting the top.

The Dons toppled Barrow from the summit of Championship One by inflicting a thrilling 28-24 defeat on the Cumbrians at the Keepmoat.

And the win left Doncaster needing just four points from their remaining five games.

They could even be promoted with a win in their next game, provided North Wales Crusaders beat Rochdale on Sunday

Now Miller is determined to make the Barrow result count and take the Dons as far as possible this season.

He said: “I think getting those last few points will take care of itself.

“Promotion has been our goal all along but we want to try and go as far as we can now.

“There’s a lot of rugby to play.

“If we’d have lost on Sunday then we’d have been out of the picture.

“But we’ve still got our foot in it.

“Workington come here next week, we’ve still got to go to Whitehaven and it seems like two of the top four are playing each other every week.

“I still think if we don’t win all the remaining games then it won’t be us at the top.

“So we’ll carry on taking it one game at a time and seeing where it takes us.”

But The Dons have suffered a big blow to their title campaign with news that talismanic full back Mick Butterfield will miss at least one month of action.

Butterfield fractured his hand against Barrow but continued on to see out the game.

Forward Fran Welsh was stretchered off in the game and will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle.

The Dons have a blank weekend ahead but welcome new league leaders Workington to the Keepmoat next Thursday (7.30pm) in a match to be broadcast live on Premier Sports.

Head coach Miller praised Lee Waterman as he edged closer to breaking the clubs’ all time tries in a season record.

He said: “Lee was excellent again and if he’d have had his kicking boots on we’d have been out of sight.

“I thought overall we played better than the score finished.

“The defence was magnificent, even though we conceded 24 points and for actual play I thought we were full value for money.

“Craig Fawcett is in the best form that he’s been while he’s been at the club.

“And Mark Castle’s first 20 minutes was as good as any forward performance we’ve had down here this year.

“Mark can play higher and hopefully that’ll be with us next season.”