Time to heal for the Dons

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Mike Emmett tries to evade a tackle at North Wales Crusaders. Picture: Rob Terrace.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Mike Emmett tries to evade a tackle at North Wales Crusaders. Picture: Rob Terrace.
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TONY Miller says the Dons’ four week break has come at a good time to allow his side to prepare for the business end of the season.

Rearranged fixtures have extended what would have been a fortnight off for the Dons and Miller intends on using the time to get his squad back to full strength.

He told the Free Press: “The timing of this is pretty good because we’ve got four or five players who are desperate for a rest.

“Some of them have been carrying knocks for weeks and if we’d got the resources they probably wouldn’t have played.

“Now they have the chance to rest and recouperate and get ready to go again at the back end of June.

“Hopefully we’ll have Carl Hughes and Danny Cowling back by then as well so we should be getting up to full strength at the right time.”

The squad will train tomorrow but have been handed next week off to relax.

Miller was initially frustrated by the timing of the break but sees its advantages.

He said: “I still think there should be a set break so we all know exactly when it’s coming and for how long.

“We’ve just had the Magic Weekend in Super League and it surely would have made sense to have the break while that was on so people could go.

“We did bring forward the Rochdale game because of them having their pitch relaid so that’s extended it.

“You worry about losing momentum but I think the advantages of being able to have a rest outweigh that in the long run.”

The Dons bounced back from a first defeat in seven with a 41-28 win over North Wales Crusaders.

Russ Spiers and Craig Fawcett both scored twice with other tries coming from Chris Spurr, Paul Cooke and Mick Butterfield.

Tom Hodson continued his hot scoring streak by kicking six goals.

While Miller was pleased to get back to winning ways, he was somewhat disappointed with the performance.

He said: “I don’t think it was a great performance at all but we improved in the second half and it was enough.

“It was a bit disappointing we didn’t really take control and the game was going back and forth but they are an improving side.

“The stand outs were probably Nathan Powley, Mark Castle, Craig Fawcett and Russ Spiers.”

The Dons return to action on June 24 when Gateshead Thunder visit the Keepmoat.