Kesik dismissal adds to woes

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DONCASTER failed to check their slide down the Co-operative Championship One table in yesterday’s game at the Whitebank Stadium.

Oldham ran in eight tries, all but one of them converted, as they posted a 46-24 win to inflict a fourth successive defeat on the Dons.

“That was the worst we’ve played this season,” said Dons boss Tony Miller. “We could take some positives from the previous three defeats but we didn’t play well at all today and we were well beaten.

“One or two played all right, but there were no stand-out performers.”

Miller said that he had felt hopeful of victory when turning round just 16-10 down having played up the slope into the strong wind in the first half.

“We targeted keeping it tight for the first few minutes and then kick to the corner, but we just switched off and missed a tackle. Someone then jumped out of the line and they scored again and we were never in the game after that.

“I don’t think that they are any better than we are, but on the day they wanted it more. They ran a bit harder (with the ball) and they tackled with a bit more intensity.”

To add to the Dons’ despair, hooker Kyle Kesik was sent-off for the second time this season.

“The spirit in the camp’s a bit flat but hopefully the fact that we play Wakefield at home in the Challenge Cup on Sunday will help lift the mood,” said Miller.

Miller and his Wakefield counterpart John Kear will be at the Lakeside Shopping complex from 12.30pm today along with the Challenge Cup.

Shoppers will be able to have their pictures taken with the coveted trophy and discuss the forthcoming game with the two men.