Dons must sharpen up with Barrow test on horizon - Matty Beharrell

One game at a time is very much the mindset and promotion-chasing Doncaster RLFC will not be taking their eye off the ball at Coventry on Sunday.

By Paul Goodwin
Saturday, 26th June 2021, 6:32 pm
Dons' Matty Beharrell
Dons' Matty Beharrell

But star man Matty Beharrell has admitted that his side must improve this weekend to give themselves the best possible chance against unbeaten League One leaders Barrow Raiders the following week.

Baharrell’s last gasp try and conversion rescued an 18-18 draw at Hunslet to extend the Dons’ unbeaten run to six games.

They dropped to third in the table as a result of Workington Town’s win over Rochdale but trail Barrow by just three points with a big top of the table clash at Craven Park on the horizon.

First Richard Horne’s side must tackle an improving Coventry outfit and will need to be sharper in their attacking and also more disciplined than they were at Hunslet.

“We probably got away with a point if I’m honest,” said Beharrell.

"We weren’t good enough, but Hunslet is a tough place to come at the minute, they’re playing well.

"We just weren’t as good as we have been for the past few weeks but to get that draw in the end wasn’t a bad result for us.

"The defending was very good in the first half but we did too much of it and it took a bit of gas out of us.

"Our defence is there but penalties kept creeping in again – I think we gave away nine which is far too many against Hunslet who are a big side.

"That’s something we need to improve on. We’ll get better.

"It’s going to be tough at Coventry, they’re an improving side,” he added.

"We’ll look at the areas we weren’t too good in at Hunslet and aim to improve on that and then it’s a big one the week after that against Barrow.

"If we can get a good win at Coventry it’ll stand us in good stead for that trip up there.”

Beharrell said of his late try: "I missed a tackle for the try that put them in front so I was a little bit p*** off with myself and I thought to myself when I get down the other end I’m going to have to try and make it up.

"I got down there, threw the dummy and luckily managed to get over the line. I was happy with that but my overall performance wasn’t good enough.”