Looking for impact after successive defeats

Whitehaven 26

Dons 16

THE Dons are hoping to make another big statement in the early stages of the season, when they host unbeaten current Championship One leaders Swinton Lions on Bank Holiday Monday.

After starting the season with five successive wins in all competitions, Doncaster slipped to back -to -back defeats with a 24-8 loss to Rochdale before Sunday’s 26-16 defeat at Whitehaven.

The Dons came up short against another one of the favourites for the title, but a spirited showing ensured confidence in the camp remains high.

Kyle Kesik’s 24th minute try, goaled by Scott Spaven, got Doncaster on the board after falling behind to early scores from Chris Smith and Paul Cullnean.

Lewis Palfrey, who kicked five goals, went over just before the break to give Whitehaven an 18-6 advantage at the break.

Palfrey kicked a penalty before Dean Colton reduced the deficit with a Spaven-converted try on the hour mark but just minutes later the Dons allowed Tyrone Dalton to cross the line.

Ryan Steen’s last minute try was a mere consolation as Doncaster failed to pick up a losing bonus point

The clash with Swinton – who have won all six league games so far – kicks off at 3pm.