Doncaster Athletic Club aim to get back on track

Aiden Davies
Aiden Davies

Doncaster Athletic Club will be looking for a better result in the penultimate fixture of their men's British League Division Four debut campaign.

The Keepmoat Stadium club, fifth in their opening meeting at Derby in May, finished last of the six teams at Bedford last month.

But chairman Kev Lincoln says the club are not despondent and were not disgraced on the day.

“We were in fourth or fifth place but we were short of numbers in some of the final events so dropped down,” he said.

“We have found ourselves a bit short of athletes for various reasons and because we are also running a team in the Northern League as well as the Youth Development League we have found ourselves stretched.

“We’ve had athletes unavailable due to exams and we’ve also lost the services of some of our best athletes who are at university in other parts of the country.

“Great Britain under-23 international decathlete Aiden Davies, who competed for us in the first meeting, wasn’t available for us last time out.

“Aiden has other priorities with his combined events schedule and sometimes, as with other athletes, his training programme doesn’t fit in with the BAL structure.

“It makes a big difference when he’s available, which we hope he will be this weekend, and certainly for the final meeting in August here at the Keepmoat.

“If we can get a strong side out for the home fixture I’m confident that we’ll give a good account of ourselves.”

He added: “Even though we finished bottom we aren’t that far off some of the other teams.

“We are currently second bottom but even if we do finish last as things stand we’ve been strong enough to keep our place in the league and go for it again next year.

“On a good day on paper we are as good as two or three of the other teams in the league.

“The problem we’ve had is that there are several composite teams, such as Derby and Mansfield, and they are always going to be stronger because they are drawing from more than one club.

“I said at the start of the campaign that our first season at this level was always going to be a learning experience.

“I think some of the guys who regarded themselves as reasonable athletes have probably had a bit of a rude awakening with how tough it is.”

The club host their second Sprint/Endurance meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday – the highlight of which promises to be the Doncaster Mile.

The meeting, which is expected to attract entries from all over Yorkshire and beyond, caters for all age groups.