Sky’s the limit for Knights

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BRETT Davey hopes the presence of the Sky Sports cameras at Bedford today will inspire the Knights to a fifth successive Championship victory.

A determined Doncaster side edged past Plymouth Albion at a rain-drenched Castle Park at the weekend to continue their promising early season form.

And Davey wants the same level of application and commitment at Goldington Road – where he’s hoping his players won’t suffer stage fright in front of the live television cameras.

Davey said: “I think the fact the game is live on television will make a massive difference to the players’ mindsets.

“The players want to put themselves in the shop window - it’s naive to think that the players won’t be thinking like that.

“But I’ll be drilling into them that they’ve got a job to do for Doncaster.

“That’s what should be first and foremost in their thoughts.

“Bedford’s always a difficult place to go but we’ve got a decent record there in recent seasons and it’s up to us to go there and execute our set pieces,” he added.

“Our defensive work has really improved since Neil Kelly [defensive coach] returned from the World Cup and we’ll be looking to continue that good work on Saturday.”

A James Love penalty for Plymouth was the only score during a forgettable first half last weekend, as both teams cancelled each other out and struggled to get to grips with the wet conditions.

But Doncaster, as has been their way this season, got stronger as the game went on and second half tries from Andy Boyde and David McIlwaine made sure of a fourth straight league win.

Boyde was driven over the line on 51 minutes by the home side’s dominant forward line.

And full back McIlwaine, a stand-out performer during the first month of the campaign, then burst through the Albion defence on the hour mark to make sure of victory, Mike Whitehead adding the conversion.

Davey said: “It was pleasing to get the win, even though we weren’t at our best.

“The weather had a big hand in the game but we dug deep to get the result.

“We’ve won games without playing that well so far – so the aim is to keep on improving our performance levels.

“We’re entering phase two of our season now and we’re looking to step things up a bit.”

Adam Kettle is Knights’ only absentee at Bedford, where Oli Goss returns to the squad after missing the Plymouth game for family reasons.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3.45pm, with coverage starting on Sky Sports 3 at 3.30pm.