Pride in defeat heady

Dons v Hull FC. Dons player Lee Gomersall manages to score a try. Picture: Holly Allen.
Dons v Hull FC. Dons player Lee Gomersall manages to score a try. Picture: Holly Allen.

THE Dons have no reason to be despondent after their 56-0 friendly defeat to Super League giants Hull FC, according to Tony Miller.

Miller’s men face a very different test this weekend when they go up against a Doncaster Select side - made up of the town’s best amateurs - at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

And Doncaster’s coach reckons his team can go into their final warm-up game full of optimism.

Miller said: “The Hull game will stand us in really good stead and after watching the DVD back there were plenty of encouraging signs.

“We finished the game strongly, our fitness levels were good and we caused them a few problems.

“At the end of the day we were up against a Super League side and a few of their boys were just too big and powerful for us.

“But it won’t be like that every week!

There’s no need for our guys to be despondent.

“We just need to tighten up one or two areas in defence and be a little more clinical in possession of the ball - and we’ll be hoping to do exactly that on Sunday.”

This weekend’s intriguing friendly clash sees the Dons tackle the best players from local sides Bentley Good Companions, Doncaster Toll Bar and Moorends-Thorne Marauders.

And it’s an idea that Miller is a big fan of.

He said: “This game is something I’ve been pushing for for the last couple of years.

“It’s good opportunity to build a few bridges and if any of the amateur lads impress we’ll not be shy of inviting them down to train with us.

“I expect they’ll come at us with a lot of enthusiasm for the first 20 minutes - we have to cope with that and then impose our game on them.

“We’re still getting to know each other on the field and we’ve got a few new faces in pivotal positions like at half back and number 13.

“I learnt quite a lot about the new lads against Hull and it’s important we get a bit of momentum this weekend to take into the Northern Rail Cup.”

Ten-try Hull were too good for the Dons in front of a crowd of 1,924 at the Keepmoat.

Lee Gomersall and Paul Hughes were unlucky to have tries disallowed, while new boys Kyle Sampson, Stewart Sanderson and Adam Scott caught the eye.

Tickets for this Sunday are priced £8 for adults, £4 concessions and £2 juniors.

Doncaster Select Squad: Holt, Mills, Millward, Everton, Lawton, Brandham, Ford, Palmer (Doncaster Toll Bar), Purnell, Whincop, Smith, Tesh, Flounders, Rodgerson, Richards (Bentley Good Companions), Hookway, Roach, R Rafferty, Lake, Hornsby, W Rafferty (Moorends-Thorne Marauders).

n Yorkshire One leaders Bentley were made to work hard for a 28-20 victory at Brotherton on Saturday.

The Pontefract side led 12-10 at the break but the Companions prevailed through a Gareth Burns brace, tries for Tom Founders, Shaun Richards and Paul Purnell, in addition to four Craig Whincop goals.

Steve Mills’ try, converted by David Ford, was all that Toll Bar had to show for their efforts in a 14-6 defeat to Normanton Knights, while Moorends were beaten 24-16 at home to York Acorn A.