Doncaster Toll Bar made an impressive debut in the Pennine Amateur Rugby League Premier Division when beating defending champions West Bowling 42-12, writes Steve Hossack.
Tries from Gaz Carey (2) and Mitch Vincent (2) helped the Prospect Road club into a 20-6 interval lead.
Shaun Carey crossed for a length-of-the-pitch try before Toll Bar found themselves down to 11 men after Alex Palmer and Zac Braham were both sin-binned within two minutes of each other.
But not only did the visitors fail to capitalise, they fell further behind when another newcomer, winger Joe Barron, ran 90 metres to score.
Curtis Garrity and powerhouse Rob Brown ran in further tries.
“To get back on the field and play the way we did with eight players missing and only seven of the team who played in the Pennine Cup final in May was very pleasing and very exciting,” said coach Ian Tattersall.
“There were some impressive displays from the new signings and Gaz Carey and Kieran Cross were both a real threat throughout.
“I don’t think we were at our best in attack but with more game time and more time for the squad to settle down that will improve.
“Our defence was outstanding and will continue to be the catalyst for our success as a team.
“To have two players in the bin and not only defend our own line but also score a long-range try, shows the character we’ve got in the side.”
“Let’s not forget we were up against last season’s Premier Division champions and they were a good side.
“We know there will be a lot of tough games this season but we will continue to work hard.”