Gutsy Dons Go Joint Top

Dons v Workington Town''Mick Butterfield is stopped by the Workington defence
Dons v Workington Town''Mick Butterfield is stopped by the Workington defence
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DONCASTER maintained their 100 per cent start to their Co-operative Championship One campaign with a 26-16 win over Workington Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Only Swinton’s big win at Oldham kept the Dons off top spot on points difference.

But they could have played a high price in terms of injuries with half-back Aaron Dobek thought to have broken his ankle within minutes of coming on for his first game since a shoulder operation,

Full-back Mick Butterfield (blood clot) and stand-off Scot Spaven (shoulder) also picked up injuries which could rule them out of Sunday’s home game against Rochdale.

Both winger Dean Colton (knee) and centre Shaun Leaf (thumb and head) went back on in the second half after looking as though they would play no further part in the game after coming off in the first half.

‘’I’ll hopefully have a better idea after Tuesday’s training session but we could be struggling against Rochdale,’’ said Dons boss Tony Miller.

“But I’m proud of every one of them. Since I’ve been back at the club that is the best performance of any Doncaster team that has gone out there.

“The adversity that we were under with people playing in different positions, some of whom had never played there before, due to the disruption caused by the injuries.

“We had four full-backs during the game, which must be a first for the club - and players just had to fill in were they could. I thought that they were absolutely magnificent.

“Defensively I thought the players were superb. The effort they put in and the commitment was tremendous, A lot of them (forwards) played a lot of minutes because we didn’t have any substitutes. The big guys stood up to be counted.

“I thought it was a real all-round gutsy team performance - not least because we also had six people, including myself, who had a stomach virus earlier in the week.

“I think it showed the character that we’ve got this year in the team because they were a big strong team who will be hard to beat at home this year.”