Dons chief executive Carl Hall is hoping that there will be no adverse reaction to coach Paul Cooke’s departure when the club look to turn the tide in tomorrow’s inaugural Summer Bash at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
Hall, who has helped prepare and select the team, has called on everyone at the club to pull together in the game against Hunslet Hawks.
The ground does not hold happy memories for the Championship strugglers. They suffered a heavy defeat against Salford there in the 2008 Northern Rail Cup final as a Division One side.
There are increasing fears that the club are heading back to rugby league’s third tier and a 14th consecutive defeat against Hawks (3pm) would serve to hammer another nail into their relegation coffin.
Tomorrow’s game will be the third meeting between the two sides this season, promoted Hawks winning both previous games.
“They played well in the pre-season game but I don’t think we turned up that day and the league game (at the South Leeds Stadium) was a similar story to Sunday’s defeat against Workington in that we lost our way in the second half after being in the game at halftime,” said full back Dave Scott.
“Hunslet are one of the teams in the bottom five and that’s why it’s such an important game, as will be the case when we play them at home.”
Scott argues that the Dons can still turn things round.
“When everyone is fit we’ve still got a lot of players who helped us finish fourth last season.” he said.