Doncaster Knights: Let’s keep standards high, warns middle man Bevon

Knights' Bevon Armitage gets past the tackle against Tynedale. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' Bevon Armitage gets past the tackle against Tynedale. Picture: Andrew Roe

Bevon Armitage gave a clear insight into the high standards set in the Doncaster dressing room following Saturday’s thumping win over Tynedale.

The bustling centre, who has impressed since returning to Castle Park, wasn’t satisfied with his side’s nine tries and 55-3 success - Knights’ biggest win of the season so far.

Doncaster will face a much sterner test this weekend when they travel to Blaydon.

Armitage is only too aware of what lies in wait - and he looked back on their weather affected win against National One’s other North East outfit with a certain amount of regret.

“It’s always a tough game up there at Blaydon,” said Armitage, released by Plymouth Albion in the summer.

“They are hard to beat at home and we know what to expect.

“We were pleased to have picked up the five points at the weekend but a little disappointed with the final scoreline,” he admitted.

“We felt we should have put more points on the board in the second half after our first half display.

“It was dry in the first half and we were able to move the ball about and we scored some good tries.

“It was a different type of game in the second half when the rain came down.

“There was also a massive delay due to one of their players needing a lengthy spell of treatment after being injured, but we finally got it together again in the final quarter.”

Armitage’s fellow centre Mat Clark took the plaudits against Tynedale, running in a first half hat trick before being removed at half time as an injury precaution.

And the duo’s performances in midfield have caught the eye during Doncaster’s impressive start to the season.

“As a pairing we had a quiet game in the defeat at Henley and we knew that we had to put on a performance,” said Armitage,

“We had worked hard in training in the build-up to the game and it came together for us on the day.”

Blaydon warmed up for this weekend with a 39-5 win at home to Henley.