Win-less Dons bid to end Dewsbury jinx

Dons player coach Paul Cooke
Dons player coach Paul Cooke

Doncaster are likely to have new signings Peter Fox and Dan Reynolds on home debut in today’s testing Championship clash with bogey team Dewsbury Rams at the Keepmoat Stadium (2pm).

Both former England winger Fox, who has joined the club, and young utility man Reynolds, who is on loan from Leigh, scored on their Dons’ debut in the second half of Easter Monday’s disappointing 41-16 defeat away to fellow strugglers Whitehaven which left the Dons four points adrift of the pack as they approach the halfway point of the regular season.

Player coach Paul Cooke, unusually for him, declined to speak to the press after the defeat at the Recreation Ground, and has kept a low media profile since.

There is no doubt, however, that he will have discussed the club’s ninth successive league and cup defeat with his squad at length this week and will be looking to his charges to do his talking for him against the West Yorkshire side.

The Dons could hardly have had a tougher game in which to try and restore some pride if not get off the mark, for the Rams have completed the double over them in the last two seasons as well as knocking them out of the 2013 play-offs at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The only team to beat third-placed Sheffield Eagles this season, Rams have lost at Hunslet and Halifax but come into the game on the back of a Heavy Woollen derby win at Batley on Good Friday and a spirited showing in defeat against relegated Bradford Bulls on Easter Monday in front of a record crowd at theTetley’s Stadium.

Rams boss Glenn Morrison was linked with the Bulls’ job last season and he is a coach that Cooke has a lot of respect for.