Preview: Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights will come up against a record-breaking wing in tomorrow’s Championship clash against promoted Ealing Trailfinders at Castle Park (2.30pm).

Phil Chesters set an RFU record at National League level back in the 2011-12 season when running in 70 tries - including seven in one game - in the club’s Division (Two) South campaign.

The 28-year-old has scored in the last two games, including the club’s first win of the season against Cornish Pirates last weekend.

“He’ll be a threat but then so will the rest of their back division because they spent a massive amount of money in the summer and signed some players I was looking at,” said Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

“They’ll certainly be coming to play and it should be a very entertaining game because we also like to play an expansive game.

“We’re still struggling with injuries in the backs and we’ll be missing some key players again which doesn’t help our cause. But we are at home so we’ve got to fancy our chances.

“Having said that we know we’ve got to play our A-game because they are a very good side having lost by just a point at Rotherham and scored four tries in defeat at Yorkshire Carnegie.”

Knights dropped from joint second to sixth in the table after their last-gasp defeat at Rotherham Titans last weekend.

After feeling that key decisions contributed to the team’s downfall, Griffiths is hoping Knights will enjoy more of the rub of the green.

“Obviously we were disappointed to concede a match-winning try in stoppage time at Rotherham but the squad have trained well all week and the players are in good spirits,” he said.

Bevon Armitage, who has undergone bicep surgery, has joined Knights’ long injury list.