Dons ‘must learn’

IMPOSSIBLE TASK: Fran Welsh looks to power his way past two tacklers during the Dons' defeat at Workington Town. Picture: Rob Terrace.
IMPOSSIBLE TASK: Fran Welsh looks to power his way past two tacklers during the Dons' defeat at Workington Town. Picture: Rob Terrace.

DISAPPOINTED Dons chief Tony Miller insists his side must learn from their mistakes if they are to bounce straight back to winning ways, writes Liam Hoden.

The Dons head to North Wales Crusaders on Sunday (3pm) on the back of their first defeat in seven matches, at Workington Town, a result which knocked them off the Championship One summit.

After opening up an 18-0 lead by the 20 minute mark, the Dons failed to score again allowing their promotion rivals to sweep to a 45-18 victory.

Miller says his side must learn how to switch momentum back in their favour when things start to go against them.

He said: “It was a real disappointment on Sunday because of the manner of it and the fact we have been doing so well recently.

“We started the game really well but just couldn’t handle the physicality of it when Workington came to life.

“When the momentum shifts you just need to complete a few sets to take the pressure off and we didn’t do that.

“Then you need someone to stand up and show some individual brilliance with a massive tackle or something.

“Workington had that in Jamie Thackray but we didn’t.”

Miller backed the Dons to recover from the setback but insists there will be no underestimating the Crusaders who currently sit eighth in the table.

He said: “They didn’t have the best of starts but they’ve improved a lot recently.

“They beat Oldham and only lost 17-10 at Whitehaven in the last two games so they’re doing something right.

“It’s a wide pitch at their place so that will suit us but they’ll know how to play on it as well.”

The Dons will head to Wrexham without Danny Cowling who looks set to miss the next six weeks after suffering a compound fracture of a finger.

Mark Castle has a back problem while Mick Butterfield suffered a reoccurrence of a knee injury.

Both will be assessed as will Kyle Kesik who is carrying a couple of knocks.

Sunday’s match is the Dons’ last until June 24 due to a mid-season break.