Dons face ough test at Workington

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Doncaster RLFC travelled up to Cumbria this morning hoping to avoid a third heavy defeat in the county this season.

The Dons, who take on Workington Town in the Championship Shield at Derwent Park today, slumped to a 33-8 defeat there in March and fared little better up at nearby Whitehaven the following month.

Dons’ boss Gary Thornton said: “Whilst we have nothing to play for in terms of the league, they are in with a good chance of claiming the fourth play-off spot and that is something I imagine that they would have settled for at the start of the season.”

Thornton was due to make a late decision on hooker Ryan Wright and full-back Tom Carr.

Wright played half-back against despite having picked up a shoulder injury the week before, but didn’t train last week and just had treatment.

Carr (shoulder) was also rated ’50-50’ after the final training session.

“If Ryan is ruled out and Tom is fit to play, then he could come in at stand-off,” said Thornton. “He’s played there for me in the past and has a good kicking and handling game.

“It’s been a long, hard season so we’ve not done a great deal of fitness work in training last week as the players aren’t going to get any fitter before the end of the season.

“We’ve mainly worked on trying to do the right things at the right time because I felt we again took some wrong options against Batley.”