Doncaster 22 Workington 6: Dons on the verge of promotion to Championship

Dons players celebrate Lee Waterman's try.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2875LM

Dons players celebrate Lee Waterman's try. Picture: Liz Mockler D2875LM

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DONCASTER are one point away from a return to the Championship after an accomplished display against title rivals Workington.

And they are now in the thick of a three-way battle for the league championship - with a memorable season now set for a thrilling climax.

The Dons bossed Thursday night’s televised clash for 75 minutes.

First half tries from Craig Robinson and Paul Cooke, who also kicked two penalties, gave them a 16-0 lead at the break, before Lee Waterman scored his 28th try of the season and Cooke kicked his third conversion.

There was no way back for Workington, hardly a sniff even until Peter Lupton’s 76th minutes score set up a tense finish as the visitors rallied without success for a losing bonus point.

Ecstatic Dons coach Tony Miller said: “I thought we were miles better than them.

“If they’d got a bonus point it would have been an injustice.

“We defended magnificently and I’m so proud of all the players.

“We’ve come a long way as a group - that’s been evident the last two games.

“They thoroughly deserve all the praise they get.”

Dons need just one more point to be mathematically sure of promotion to the Championship.

Should Rochdale fail to beat Whitehaven on Sunday, Miller’s men will be promoted without kicking a ball.

They travel to Whitehaven a week on Sunday in second position in the table, just two points behind leaders Barrow.

Barrow have still got to go third placed Workington, who are still in the title race themselves, just a point adrift of Doncaster.