Doncaster game

Date published: Friday, May 11, 2012

ROUGHYEDS couldn’t face a tougher test than Sunday’s trip to the Keepmoat Stadium (3pm kick off) to face an in-form Doncaster side that tops the Championship One table with six wins out of seven and boasts a points haul of 286 (40 a game on average) which leaves every other club miles behind.
Luke Stenchion (broken hand) has joined winger John Gillam (broken toe) and club captain Neil Roden (torn thigh muscle) on the long-term injury list.
Paul Noone (ankle) won’t make this one, but he hopes to be ready for the next game against Whitehaven at Whitebank on Sunday week.
Back-row forward Alex Thompson, who didn’t play against Crusaders, was suffering from a stomach upset early in the week and he will be among several other players to face late fitness checks.
They include Paul Smith (hamstring), Jason Boults (wrist), Mark McCully (knee), Lucas Onyango (hamstring) and Chris Clarke (shoulder).
Smith and Onyango are thought to be the biggest doubts.
Said coach Tony Benson: “Lucas (Onyango) was able to join the squad for some of the training this week and that was encouraging. He’s still extremely doubtful for weekend, however. All the injured will be given as long as possible so I won’t be finalising the squad until Saturday.”
If Boults plays he will reach the milestone of 200 career games, having played 57 for Halifax and 142 for Oldham.
Roughyeds will face a stern defensive test out wide where Doncaster’s backs are setting a hot pace as Championship One leading try scorers.
Winger Tom Hodson is out in front with 13 league tries — four more than his second-placed team mate and centre, Lee Waterman.
Workington’s Elliott Miller is in third place with eight, followed in joint fourth place with seven by Barrow’s Liam Campbell and Oldham’s Miles Greenwood.
Jamie Dallimore has kicked more goals in the league than anyone else — 21 — but Doncaster’s star man Paul Cooke, the former Hull FC playmaker, is close behind him on 19.
Loose-forward Grant Edwards (knee) and winger Dean Colton (knee) are likely to miss out, but the home side expect to be boosted by the return of former Roughyeds forward Craig Robinson after injury.
They go into the game on the back of consecutive home and away wins against Rochdale which have carried them to top spot, two points ahead of Workington and Barrow, but having played one game more.
Oldham lie fourth, three points behind the Cumbrian clubs, but with Whitehaven breathing down their neck only one point behind.