Michael Hills: Promotion-chasing Knights must take it step by step

Michael Hills
Michael Hills

It’s an old fashioned cliche but one Doncaster Knights must take heed of, insists Michael Hills.

Take one game at a time.

That’s the advice from the Bessacarr-raised back-rower as Doncaster head to Esher this weekend hoping to edge closer to a return to the Championship.

Saturday’s 24-19 victory over Blaydon moved Knights eight points clear at the top of National One with six games remaining.

And local lad Hills, who returned to his hometown club last summer, says now is not the time to lose focus.

“We’ll take it one game at a time,” said Hills.

“You’ve got to be careful at this time of the season not to get ahead of yourself.

“We’ll train hard this week - work on a few weaknesses - and look forward to the trip to London.

“Esher are an ex-Championship team and we know exactly what they’re about: physicality, work rate and an ability to play.

“We can’t afford to look too far into the future,” he added.

“Esher is the focus. The rest of it is by the by.

“If we win every game from this point on, that’s job done.

“I’m confident in the team’s ability to get us over the line but we’re taking it one game at a time.”

Hills was on the trysheet, along with Mat Clark, Chris Walker and Dougie Flockhart, as Doncaster did just about enough to see off a determined Blaydon outfit.

Knights were impressive at times before the break, establishing a 19-7 half time lead, but were guilty of taking their feet off the gas after the break.

“Blaydon are a tasty outfit so we knew it was going to be tough,” said Hills.

“We started the first half well, got 19 points ahead and we should have consolidated our lead from there.

“Unfortunately I think it was game management that let us down in the end. Fair play to Blaydon, they came back at us and were strong in the forwards.

“But the positive is it was another five-point win. The boys dug in really hard and scored some very good tries. We can take the positives out of it.”