Plant Works’ youngsters set for Lions’ debut at Dome

Crackers: Plant youngsters, from left, Lewis Booth,  Andrew Coltman and Jimmy Flint.            PICTURE: STEVE taylor
Crackers: Plant youngsters, from left, Lewis Booth, Andrew Coltman and Jimmy Flint. PICTURE: STEVE taylor

DONCASTER Plant Works’ head coach Ken Blood is hoping to provide another knockout show of amateur boxing at the annual Doncaster Lions dinner show at the Dome tomorrow night.

“I’ve had the usual cry-offs, but I’ve got nine crackers on paper if everyone turns up,” said matchmaker Ken.

“All my lads want to box on the Lions’ show not only because its local but because of the way it is set-up and the number of people there on the night but I can’t get them all on.

“The fact that Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell has defended his European bantamweight title there makes it even more special because it gives the younger boxers something to aspire to knowing that Jamie started as a local amateur.

“To them, boxing at the Dome is like their Wembley and they start talking about as soon as the club opens again after the summer break.”

Ken is not one to provide his boxers on the show with opponents designed to make them look good - quite the opposite in fact - and tomorrow’s show will be no exception.

Unbeaten schoolboys Andrew Coltman and Jimmy Flint both faces tough tests on their Dome debuts.

Junior Lewis Booth, beaten just nine times in 35 bouts, tackles Horden’s Carl Fenwick, winner of 21 of his 25 bouts, in what promises to be one of the best bouts of the evening.

Ken says the club are only too pleased to play their part in helping to support the excellent charity work done by the Lions. For their part, the Lions make an annual four-figure donation to the club.

“It’s a lifeline,” said Ken. “Without the money which we put towards such things as rent, rates and equipment, we might not survive.”

Saturday’s home game against fellow strugglers Watford at the Keepmoat Stadium ranks as one of the most important of the season for Doncaster Rovers.

Not only do Dean Saunders men, now six points adrift of fourth-bottom Burnley, need to pick up points if they want to avoid the prospect of becoming further adrift at the foot of the table, they also need to make amends to supporters - especially those who travelled to Oakwell - for what was by some distance their worst performance of the season. Rovers have some of the most tolerant and understanding supporters in the game - underlined by the way they stood by the club in the second half of last season and the start of this.

But even some of them had enough at Oakwell, after what many perceived to be a performance totally lacking in spirit, commitment and ideas, and gave vent to their feelings.

One can understand their reaction. Times are tough for a lot of people and football isn’t cheap and the very least any fan is entitled to feel is that players show the same passion as they do for the club.

But now is not the time for such protests on a regular basis and everyone needs to be pulling together to try and safeguard the club’s Championship status.

The Gillette Four Nations final between England and Australia at Elland Road on Saturday, brought down the curtain on the 2011 domestic rugby league campaign.

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