Supporters take on Rovers stars at charity sports 'do' for NSPCC

DONCASTER Rovers stars showed off their skills on the pool table and on the oche this week.

Half-a-dozen Rovers' first-teamers gave up three hours of their time at Riley's in Silver Street on Monday night to raise money for the club's nominated charity, the NSPCC.

Mark Wilson, Sam Hird, James Chambers, Mustapha Dumbuya, James O'Connor and Gary Woods took on Rovers' fans at the Silver Street venue, at both darts and pool.

The Rovers squad make regular use of the dart board and pool and table tennis tables at the club's Cantley Park base after training, so were up for the challenge.

The fans paid 2 per game to take on the Rovers players with winners going into a draw for various prizes provided by Rovers and Riley's, who provided their facilities free of charge - a gesture much appreciated by Rovers according to spokesman Chris Mortley.

"We are very grateful to Riley's who are one of the club's business partners," he said.

"It is the first time that we have done anything like this and it is something we might look at doing again in the future.

"We were pleased with the turnout to say it was a wet Monday night in January.

"As well as raising money for a good cause it enabled the supporters who came the chance to get to know the players a bit better than at an autograph session."

Wilson said the event kept the fund-raising efforts 'ticking over' and thanked people for coming.

The event was the latest in a series of fund-raising initiatives - including a Ladies' Night and a nude players' calendar - which will culminate in the Inca Trek in early June

One of four players tackling the gruelling 62 mile six-day walk/climb, Wilson said: "We are trying to raise awareness of what is big problem.

"It is something people in Doncaster, because of several high profile cases in recent years, will be well aware of. But it's nationwide problem.

"It is important that kids who are being abused have somewhere to turn for help and that's where the NSPCC's Child Voice Appeal comes in.

"They are looking to train and employ people and also go into every school in the country in the next two years, and it all costs money."

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