Doncaster RLFC ready to turn on road warrior act during Keepmoat exile

Peter Green
Peter Green

Doncaster RLFC played their last game at the Keepmoat Stadium at the weekend until the end of July.

Their only scheduled home game until then against bottom club West Wales Raiders on July 15 will be played at Featherstone’s Post Office Road ground.

It is not a new situation, of course, and all parties within the Club Doncaster set-up realise that important work needs to be done on the ground during the summer.

However, some fans feel that the situation puts the club at a disadvantage to most of their rivals.

“I think we’d all prefer to be playing home and away every fortnight but obviously circumstances dictate otherwise,” said assistant coach Pete Green.

“It’s always tougher playing a run of games away from home because you always fancy your chances when playing at home so if we get beaten on our travels, as we did at Oldham, you have the chance to get back on track the next week as we did on Sunday.

“The Keepmoat is also a great place to play and the lads love playing there.

“We’ve now got a run of four successive away games - two of them against the current top two - starting at Derwent Park on Sunday. But as a squad we’ve got to be confident of being able to win games wherever we are playing.”

Like everyone connected with the club Green was delighted to see the Dons return to winning ways against Keighley after successive defeats.

“I thought going into the game that our confidence had taken a bit of a dip following back-to-back defeats but I also didn’t think that we were that far off despite being well beaten at Oldham,” he said.

“As we all know confidence can be a fragile thing and when things aren’t going as well as you hope all you can do is continue to work hard which we have been doing (and it paid off on Sunday).

The Dons go into a game which will mark the halfway stage of the season in fourth place.

Although on target Green feels some supporters may well be disappointed with their current placing given the Dons led the table early on.

“Fans (in general) put a certain amount of expectation on you when you are top of the league because they start to get excited so when you lose a couple of games they can have a go at the players.

“But there is nobody more disappointed than the players when we lose and it’s our overall performance which is too often to blame.”

Unforced handling errors have contributed to most of the club’s defeats this season.

“We like to play an expansive game but it’s a fine balance,” said Green. “Players have got to control the ball and be selective and have the skill and confidence to execute.

“What we’ve not got to do, and which we’ve been guilty of, is trying to force the pass when the odds are against us.”