One team had a successful trip to the seaside last week, but the other did not. With Tony Miller in temporary charge of the Dons, can they get their first win of the season at Dewsbury?
Last Time Out
The first game of the second day in Blackpool consisted of a Heavy Woollen derby, not a bad starter to say the least! The Rams came out on top in what was a hard fought contest, a magic score from Dalton Grant set the teams apart before Anthony Thackeray slotted over a drop-goal. Scott Hale opened the scoring for Dewsbury after 14 minutes but the deficit was brought back when Brad Day made a break on halfway and fended off Ryan Fieldhouse to score. But, despite some decent field position for Batley, it was Dewsbury who went into half-time with the lead after Aaron Brown broke Batley’s defensive barrier. It didn’t take long for Batley to reply after the restart, the half was three minutes young when Alex Brown touched down in the corner. The conversion wasn’t successful but Scott Leatherbarrow made amends when he kicked a penalty goal to level matters. Similar to Dewsbury’s game with Sheffield in round 13, everything was tight and edgy going into the final quarter but, unlike against the Eagles, it was the Rams who had the finishing touch as winger Grant acrobatically dived over in the corner before Thackeray landed a drop-goal to finish the game.
Doncaster were, once again, downed last weekend when Hunslet got the better of them by 25-12. Jimmy Keinhorst and Richard Wilkinson swapped four pointers for both the Hawks and Dons respectively in the opening quarter before Jimmy Watson extended the lead for Barry Eaton’s West Yorkshire side. Danny Maun joined in the try-scoring party by the seaside to make it 16-4 with 15 minutes left of the first half. Shaun Leaf clawed four points back for Doncaster but the conversion attempt from Dave Scott went astray. Tom Hodson made it a four point game on 55 minutes as he crossed the chalk, the conversion was missed again and frustrations were more than setting in. A penalty goal from Danny Ansell ensured that the Dons needed two scores to go in front but they’d have to had get more than two when Luke Briscoe went over. An Ansell drop-goal added a bit of salt into the wound of lowly Doncaster.
One of Doncaster’s finest prospects is scrum-half Richard Wilkinson. The former Hull FC junior has been struggling with injuries for most of this season so it’d have been a good sight for Dons fans to see him back out on the field last Sunday. He may not have led his team to victory, but he did get over the whitewash and will continue to threaten teams if he stays in the side without injuries being a hassle. If Wilkinson does start, he will go up against Dewsbury livewire scrum-half Anthony Thackeray. The ex-Halifax man is mesmeric at times and can create try-scoring plays in an instant. If Doncaster stand a chance of getting something on Sunday, they will need to stop Thackeray and his partner in crime Brett Seymour.
Winning is a habit, as is losing, and unfortunately for Doncaster they’re suffering from the latter at this moment in time. After last weekend’s round of matches, Dewsbury now found themselves in 4th place on the ladder and coach Glenn Morrison will know the importance of every match from now on in. A game against the bottom side may seem like a godsend to many but with Tony Miller back in charge, albeit temporarily, Doncaster will be highly motivated to shock the Rams – Dewsbury by 16
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