Kingstone Press Championship Round 21 – Doncaster 34-26 Hunslet Hawks

Euphoria at the Keepmoat Stadium. At 26-6 down during the second half, all Dons fans must have been thinking it was going to be another gloomy Sunday in South Yorkshire. However, if the 30 minute spell which brought 28 points without reply is anything to go by, the enthusiasm and never say die attitude instilled thanks to the appointment of Gary Thornton is admirable and will give Doncaster fans a lot to be positive about. New signing Joe McLocklan got Doncaster on the board on 26 minutes but three minutes later Danny Maun equalised for Hunslet. Matty Gee gave Hunslet a two point lead with a few minutes left of the first half, the on loan Salford man has been a good acquisition by coach Barry Eaton. After the break, Hunslet came out all guns blazing and had three tries to show for it. Richie Barnett used his pace and power to break the line and sprint to the sticks for a four pointer. Gee bagged his brace with the half only six minutes old before Callum Casey put more daylight between the sides. It could have been easy for the hosts to surrender but that’s far from what happened as Peter Fox got his side on the comeback trail with a try before Mitch Clark and Steve Snitch both touched down in the space of two minutes. The Dons were back to within four points of their opponents and when Paul Mennell scored for the division’s basement side, the score was level and that’s how it stayed when Dave Scott couldn’t convert from in front of the sticks. Despite the chance to go ahead being missed, it didn’t deter Doncaster from their objective and Matt Groat powered over for the winning with ten minutes to go. The win was sealed when Scott tagged on a penalty goal in the dying embers.

Prediction – Hunslet by 13

Result – Doncaster by 8

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