Doncaster RLFC boss Gary Thornton couldn’t hide his disappointment after seeing his old club Batley Bulldogs stage a match-winning second half comeback in their Championship Shield clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Even Even though the Dons had only won one game previously, Thornton said he had fancied the club’s chances at half-time when they led 14-6.
“We should have been good enough to have beaten them. I expected us to win,” he said reflecting on the 38-20 defeat.
“We had been excellent in the first half and to complete 19 of our 21 sets was as good as I could expect really,” added Thornton, who was a coach at the West Yorkshire club.
“It was a massive improvement against Featherstone last week and we built on that in the first half.
“We are still missing key players in the pivotal position at half-back - someone who can push us around the pitch .
“We played Ryan Wright at half-back, which was a bit of a gamble because he’d been struggling with a shoulder injury, but he wanted to play, and we weren’t as clinical as we could have been and didn’t always finish our sets off well.
“I told the players at half-time that I expected them to raise their game in the second half and that we’ve got to be ready for that.
“But from the kick-off they made too many easy metres and we gave them some soft tries in the first 20 minutes and we couldn’t get back into the arm-wrestle.”