Dons boss targets winning streak

Dons v London Skolars. Dons player Chris Spurr pushes through a tackle to score a try in the first half. Picture: Holly Allen.
Dons v London Skolars. Dons player Chris Spurr pushes through a tackle to score a try in the first half. Picture: Holly Allen.

Let’s keep it going!

That was the message from Dons coach Tony Miller to his players this week as they prepared for Sunday’s tough home clash against Workington (3pm).

Doncaster chalked up their fourth win in a row with a 42-22 away victory over London Skolars at the weekend to lie second in the early Championship One table.

It’s a far cry from the last few seasons for the Keepmoat club who not so long ago were more concerned where the next penny was coming from let alone the next victory.

The Dons had to come from 16-6 behind in London after making a shaky start but they hit back to such devastating effect that they led 24-16 at the interval.

Miller said: “I knew it would be tough down in London because the pitch is narrow and bumpy and it took us time to settle.

“But after that we played really well for about an hour and put 36 unanswered points on the board during that spell.”

It was the second week in a row that Doncaster had notched over 40 points and Miller added: “We are heading in the right direction and I’ve been really pleased with the players.

“There are obviously areas we need to work on in training and we are doing that but winning breeds confidence and long may it continue.”

The Dons face a tougher task this week against a Workington side that chalked up a 31-12 home victory over Oldham last week.

Miller said: “They are a good side and it’s another step up for us.

“But we have set ourselves a target of winning all our home games in the league and will be out to keep the run going on Sunday.”

Doncaster will be missing four players because of the wedding of Paul Hughes, whose brother Carl will be in attendance along with Craig Robinson and Liam Crawley.

Miller said: “I knew about the wedding when we signed players before the start of the season and we have players coming back from injury so it’s not so bad.”

Chris Spurr and Scott Wilson are set to return this weekend along with Kyle Sampson - and Doncaster could also be boosted by Aaron Dobek’s first appearance of the season.

The influential half back has been missing following shoulder surgery but Miller is keen to give him some game time and he could win a place on the bench.

Last Sunday’s match finished in a mass brawl following a clash between Dean Colton and former Dons winger Ade Adebisi in front of the dugouts.

Players, substitutes and coaching staff became involved in what turned into a melee and the incident is to be investigated by the Rugby League.

It led to Skolars’ coach Joe Mbu and Dons’ winger Ashley Williams, who was on the bench but not in the playing squad, being sent off and put on report.

Mbu, who once played for Doncaster, appeared to be at fault but Miller believes Williams will be cleared once officials have viewed videos of the incident.

He said: “Ash didn’t throw any punches.

“He was trying to separate those involved and I don’t think he has a case to answer.”

n Doncaster have been drawn at home to Super League opposition in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup and will play Wakefield Wildcats at the Keepmoat stadium on May 8.