DONCASTER Knights dropped to the foot of the Championship table for the first time at the weekend following their derby defeat at Rotherham and Jersey’s win over Plymouth Albion.
Knights had gone into the game at Clifton Lane on the back of successive cup and league wins with high hopes of beating a Rotherham side who had parted company with head coach Andre Bester in midweek.
“Clifton Lane is always a tough place to go but we were confident going into the game,” said utility-back Dougie Flockhart, who can operate either on the wing or full-back. “There are no excuses for how badly we played in the second half.
“Hopefully the result was just a blip and we can get back on track in Friday’s home game against Bedford.
“Our dips in form have come at different periods in games and I don’t think that we have been maintaining our concentration and our skills levels for the full 80 minutes.
“It’s something that we’ve just got to keep working hard on because we aren’t a good enough side to be able to win games without being at our best for for 40 minutes in both halves,” said Flockhart, who doubles as the club’s fitness coach. “It is easier to keep focused when you are attacking for most of the game, like we were in our B & I Cup win at Nottingham, than it is when you are defending for most of it.”
Flockhart feels the size of the player turnover in the summer hasn’t helped Knights’ cause.
“It takes time to gel as a team when you have upwards of 16 new players coming in at the start of the season, but I think we are getting there.”
Friday’s game against the third-placed Blues is arguably Knights’ toughest home test of the season, not least because they ran leaders Newcastle close (29-20) at home last weekend.
“Bedford like to play an open game and the fact that they can attack from anywhere on the pitch makes them a difficult side to play against,” said the Scot.
“But we always seem to play well against them and we drew down there last season and beat them in the return at Castle Park.”