Rugby League: Doncaster Toll Bar plan to apply to join National Conference

Ray Green (centre)
Ray Green (centre)

Doncaster Toll Bar Amateur Rugby League club are setting their sights high.

The Pennine League Championship One club are planning to apply to join the prestigious National Conference within the next couple of years.

“It’s a big step but we’ve got nearly 50 open-age players training and are running two teams again this season and we’ve also got four junior teams,” said chairman Ray Green.

“We’ve got our own modern clubhouse and dressing rooms, four pitches and training lights so we’ve decided to bite the bullet.

“With the improvements we’ve also got planned we feel that we will meet the criteria by the time we are ready to apply to join Division Three.”

Added Ray, whose return to the club has coincided with its revival: “We’ve a really good crop of kids at the club.

“Some of them have the potential to go on and emulate the success of former juniors such as Craig Lawton, Peter and Wayne Green, Dean Colton, Johnny Woodcock and Tom Buckenham.

“The under-nines, in particular, are really coming on and they are beating the likes of Lock Lane and Heworth, which shows the calibre of the kids we’ve got and we need to keep them.

“We keep bringing these kids through and there has got to be an end product.

“The better the standard that we play at the more chance that some of them will be good enough to go on and play for teams such as the Dons.”

Not content with running four junior teams, the club are also looking to form an under-12s team.

“We’ve got the kids and we don’t want to turn them away and we are looking for a coach and other backroom staff before the season starts again in March,” said Ray.

“Whoever applies they would have to go on a course and, depending on their experience, they would start at either level one or level two.

“But they can still coach while they are on the course as they will they mentored by one of the senior coaches.

“We’ve got Peter and Craig - who both went on to captain the Dons after starting out as juniors at the club - and current head coach Ian Tattersall, so we’ve got a host of experience for any newcomer to draw on.

“We are looking for people to get on board and join a club which we feel is definitely going somewhere.

“We’ve got a totally new committee and all the members have a specific job and anyone coming in to coach will have that support behind them.”

Ray can be contacted on 07506 647571.