Doncaster RLFC: York defeat ‘just not good enough’ - Thornton

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Doncaster RLFC head coach Gary Thornton admitted his side were second best as they suffered a first league defeat of the season against York City Knights.

Dons were beaten 46-16 and Thornton was left disappointed having stressed previously the importance of winning home games and making the Keepmoat Stadium into a fortress.

“We’re hugely disappointed,” he said after the game.

“There were far too many errors, far too many penalties conceded, and our completion rate was totally unacceptable for this level.

“That’s not good enough, it’s not what we expect and it’s not where we were two weeks ago when we went to Keighley.”

Thornton acknowledged the quality of his side’s opposition, a club he knows well having previously coached there, but said his side now have to pick themselves up quickly.

He is also keen to see some of Dons’ many injury absentees return to the fold as soon as possible. “York will be there or thereabouts, I keep telling people it’s a tough division,” said Thornton.

“There are some very, very good teams in this league. We know we’ve got to improve, we have to win our home games.

“We just have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down and get back on the horse. Hopefully some of our injured players will start returning and we’ll be better for it.”