Away win and plum cup tie boost for Dons

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THE Dons were paired with Super League outfit Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in yesterday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round draw,

The tie will be staged at the Keepmoat Stadium probably on Sunday, May 8.

The West Yorkshire club were beset by financial problems throughout the close season and lost several top players before being taken over on the eve of the season.

They made a mixed start to the term but won 20-7 against Hull FC at the KC Stadium on Friday night,

“I’m happy with the draw.’’ said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

‘’You can’t ask for anything more than a home draw against a Super League side.

“Realistically it is going to be tough to beat them but it will be good experience for some of our young players and I’m sure that they will enjoy the occasion. Hopefully there will be a decent crowd and a good atmosphere.”

The Dons chalked up a 42-22 Championship One win at London Skolars yesterday, but they had to come from behind to do so.

‘’I said before the game that they will surprise some teams at home this season and they were the best team for the first 20 minutes and led 16-6,’’ said Miller.

‘We made a slow start and didn’t defend particularly well and they came through us down the middle.

‘’But I wasn’t worried and once we tightened things up, and got our game together, we played really well and dominated the rest of the game. We came in leading 18-16 and we pulled well away from them in the second half and we scored some good tries.

“The two lads from Hull, Chris Green and Nev Morrison, both played well as did the two half-backs (Scott Spaven and Craig Fawcett) and full-back Mick Butterfield.”

Prop Jamie Bovill needed stitches in a cut lip but is expected to be in contention for Sunday’s home game against Workington Town.