DONCASTER DONS: Triple setback for Dons rivals

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SOUTH Wales Scorpions, who entertain title-chasing Doncaster in Sunday’s Championship One clash, have been hit by the departure of three players.

Jamie Murphy and Lewis Reece are both taking short breaks before signing for Welsh rugby union clubs, while Phil Carleton has had to leave the club due to work commitments.

“We wish them well,” said coach Dave Clarke. “It’s a bit disappointing, but that’s the way it is. We’ve now got to have a look at recruiting and keeping our numbers up.”

New signing Ben Gilbert looks set to make his second appearance for the club after impressing on debut in last week’s 36-32 home defeat to London Skolars.

Despite Scorpions problems, the Dons will still travel down to South Wales on Saturday afternoon after training in the morning.

“It’s added expense but we feel it is too far to travel on the day of the match and still perform well,” said Dons boss Tony Miller.

“Even though we beat them quite comfortably at home earlier in the season we are still treating them with respect. They have brought in several new players since we last played them and I’ve always rated Loz Wildbore.

“They’ll be up for it after losing at home to London - though they have signed some good players recently from London Broncos and could do us a big favour by beating leaders Barrow this weekend - so we’ll have to be on our guard.

“But we have played consistently well for away from home this season and we’ll be going down there with confidence. It’s also a nice wide pitch which will suit the way we like to play.”

Miller believes that the club’s promotion spot is all but secure, and feels that they are now in a three-way race for the title with Barrow and Workington Town.