Knights target top five finish

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DONCASTER Knights are currently in the middle of a two weekend period without any game, the first by accident and the second by results.

Last Sunday we were due to play at Nottingham who play on Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County.

When we left to play we were told that the pitch would probably be playable but, when we got there, in the view of our skipper Chris Hallam, and Director of Rugby, Brett Davey, it definitely was not and so the match was postponed and has now been re-arranged for Sunday, February 12.

We have a blank weekend as we didn’t qualify for the quarter final of the British and Irish Cup, and this will give all our injured players another week to recover.

During the week the Knights announced the signing of a 20-year-old prop Tomas Francis from Malton and Norton. Tomas is studying at Leeds and, whilst playing for the University, he attracted the attention of one of our flankers Andy Boyde who helps coach them.

He brought him to Castle Park where Brett and forwards coach Glen Kenworthy liked what they saw and so Tomas has signed for the Knights on a development contract.

Tomas follows lock Dom Parsons, who a couple of years ago was spotted playing for Sheffield Tigers and is now an integral part of Knights squad. Along with young Adam Timanis, a young home grown prop, this gives us three young players as we seek to give the opportunity to local talent.

With six games left Knights are only five points from guaranteeing their place in the Championship Promotion Play-Offs and that is if one of the three teams below us gains maximum points from their remaining five games.

Not that Knights are looking behind them as the focus is to win as many games as possible to try to get us up into fifth or sixth place, as the position you finish in determines how many points your carry forward.

Knights next home game is on Saturday week at home to bottom club Esher (2.30pm). The match coincides with our past players lunch.

It’s a great occasion and hopefully my old prop partner Peter Waddington, one of my regular readers he tells me, will be there to keep me in check as usual.