DONCASTER DONS: Butterfield lifts Dons title bid

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TITLE-chasing Doncaster avoided being stung by the Scorpions as they completed a Championship One double over South Wales with a high-scoring 44-30 win at the Gnoll.

But with both leaders Barrow, and second-placed Workington Town also winning away from home, the Keepmoat side remain third.

“I thought that we did okay and that we were good value for the win,” said Dons boss Tony Miller. “To score 44 points away from home is pleasing.

“I would have liked to have conceded fewer points but we switched off a couple of times - notably just after the break when they scored two tries in as many minutes - and near the end when they scored another couple of tries.

“We weren’t as tight around the ruck area as we normally are, and they caught us out a few times there. They aren’t a bad side; they just need to get a settled side.

“They’ve got some good players. Full-back David James scored two tries and he caused us a lot of problems as did winger, Dalton Grant - not on the fringes, but around the ruck area.”

Stand-off Paul Cooke, doubtful all week with a knee injury, returned to the side after missing the home game against Gateshead and played for just over an hour.

“He came through okay,” said Miller. “We brought him off with 15 minutes to go, but it was just a precaution.”

Full-back Mick Butterfield again caught the eye. “He was the pick of the team,” said Miller. “He brought the ball out strongly and scored two tries in addition to helping set two up. Mike Emmett played a full-game at loose-forward and he played well.

On-loan forward Alex Rowe marked his second game for the club with a try and he also set one up.

Winger Tom Hodson, the league’s leading points scorer, suffered a bang on his thumb and will have an X-ray today.