FOR the first time this season, Doncaster Knights really suffered from having a small squad when they lost 17-15 at Moseley last Saturday
With several key backs out injured, and skipper Chris Hallam having to play in spite of suffering from severe tonsilitis, we had a very makeshift back division out.
Even then, however, we would have won if we had taken our chances.
As it was, after dominating the second half into the wind and up the slope, we conceded the winning try with only four minutes to go - and it was only the second time after the interval Moseley had got into our half.
The Knights now have three important Championship games coming up with an away trip to London Scottish on Saturday, a home game against Leeds on Boxing Day and with a visit to Plymouth on Friday, December 30th.
Three wins and the Knights should be reasonably confident of a place in the promotion play-offs starting at the beginning of March.
Interspersed between these three fixtures is a home game against Swansea on Saturday, December 17th in the British & Irish Cup.
There is talk of this Cup becoming part of a third tier European competition in future years if the appropriate funding can be found.
However, discussions are ongoing about the future structure of the Championship and the B&I Cup from next season onwards and nothing can be taken for granted.
The Swansea game really sees the start of the club’s Christmas festivities with a special market and, apparently, two live reindeers.
But the private Christmas parties at Castle Park have been in full swing since the end of November. That day will also be the occasion of the club’s traditional Christmas party, always an enjoyable occasion, and already 250 tickets have been sold.
These events all contribute to the club’s income which is, in turn, ploughed back into the sport and its development in the community as the Knights themselves are funded by other central RFU money and two major sponsors.