Hockey: Doncaster ladies find it tough going

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Doncaster’s ladies were hit for six by Loughborough Students as their difficult start to the season continued.

Saturday’s 6-0 home defeat was the Town Field side’s sixth successive league reverse.

That disappointing sequence has seen Doncaster ship 25 goals and score just three.

The ladies did get their campaign off to a winning start last month with a 5-3 success against newly-promoted Boots, who prop up the Conference North division having lost all seven of their fixtures.

Following that win coach Alan Stoves warned that his young side could be in for a difficult campaign up against an array of more experienced teams.

Doncaster are among a group of four teams, including Boots, Ben Rhydding and Kendal, that have already been cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, skipper Tim Shelley was on the scoresheet again to help Doncaster’s men to a 3-0 win at home to lowly Gateshead.

Marcus Hooper and Dan Legg also found the net to maintain their side’s unbeaten start in the Northern Division.

Doncaster’s men travel to City of York on Saturday, while the ladies have a blank weekend before travelling to Kendal on November 9.