MATCH REPORT: Doncaster 20 Workington Town 0

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THE Dons are through to the Championship One Grand Final after nilling Workington at the Keepmoat.

Ruthless scoring and a brilliant defensive display was enough to keep Workington at bay and produce a comfortable-looking scoreline.

And the Dons will now head to Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium next Sunday to meet Barrow in the Grand Final.

Injuries to Russ Spiers, Kyle Kesik and Craig Lawton somewhat marred the occasion and the trio face a race against time to be fit for the trip to Lancashire next weekend.

Lawton has already been ruled out after dislocating his shoulder while Spiers will be monitored after being knocked unconscious during the game.

It was a superb start to the game from the Dons as they opened the scoring inside the first minute.

Chris Spurr charged down Brett Carter’s attempted kick on half way to give himself a clear run to the line and although tripped on the way, he got up to touch down.

For the next 20 minutes the pressure almost entirely from the visitors.

But a superb defensive effort from the Dons ensured Workington never had real sight of the line.

And the lack of killer instinct from Workington was punished as the Dons extended their lead somewhat against the run of play.

A great piece of vision from Dan Cowling saw him send a kick through with Stu Sanderson running clear to touch down, the returning Tom Hodson converting.

The game evened out in the remainder of the half and possession was switched largely in the middle of the park.

The Dons’ cause was boosted further just two minutes after the break when Chris Annakin was red carded for a spike tackle on Craig Lawton.

The atmosphere turned somewhat sour after the incident and there was certainly a sense of malice when Jamie Thackray smashed Craig Robinson though referee Leahy dished out no punishment.

Doncaster made the numbers advantage count on 53 minutes with a well-worked third try.

The ball was spread out to the touchline to Hodson who surged past the defensive cover before popping inside to Fawcett who went over.

Despite the difference in personnel, the Dons were largely on the back foot during the majority of the second half.

But their defence was strong, denying opportunity after opportunity for the visitors.

And with the last attack of the game, the Dons extended their advantage with Nathan Powley scoring under the posts after the ball was moved well.

Hodson added the conversion and the Dons’ place in the Grand Final was confirmed moments later.

Doncaster: Lee Waterman, Tom Hodson, Chris Spurr, Dan Cowling, Stu Sanderson, Kyle Kesik, Craig Fawcett, Mark Castle, Mike Emmett, Russ Spiers, Mike Kelly, Lucas Walshaw, Carl Hughes.

Subs: Grant Edwards, Craig Edwards, Nathan Powley, Craig Lawton.

Workington: Mark Calderwood, Neil Frazer, Jason Mossop, Jarrad Stack, John Patrick, Brett Carter, Carl Forber, Jamie Thackray, Karl Olstrum, Kris Coward, Brett Phillips, Mike Whitehead, Chris Annakin.

Subs: Adam Walne, Marc Shackley, James Robinson, Ryan Macdonald.