DONCASTER Rugby League Club star Paul Cooke says the team need to ‘up its game’ if they are to mount a Championship One promotion challenge.
“We are disappointed to with our form in the Northern Rail Cup pool games,” said the half-back. “We aren’t too far off but as we’ve spoken about as a group this week, not been far away is not good enough.
“Our Championship One campaign starts this weekend with a home game against Whitehaven tomorrow and we’ve got to start well and build on that if we want to have a successful season.
“The club, and the fans, have invested heavily and we’d like to reward that with some good results and we can only do that by going out on the field and playing well.
“We’ve got a tough start with Whitehaven at home in our first game then Barrow away because they are both expected to be up there challenging.
“We’ve got to turn up tomorrow and start well. We certainly need to learn from the little mistakes we made in some of our Northern Rail Cup games which cost us a result.
“But having highlighted those mistakes against higher division opposition, we’ve been able to work on them.
“As I say we’ve got to be looking to get off to a winning start against Whitehaven because we know it is going to be tough to get a result when we go up there, as it always is regardless of which team you play for.
“We need to make the Keepmoat a bit of a fortress during our league campaign. It’s a great stadium and not only is it the best in Championship One, it’s one of the best in the game. What you find is that teams coming to Doncaster enjoying playing here and raise their game.”