Dons coach Tony Miller is hoping to put down an early marker in the race for promotion from Championship One this season with a victory in tomorrow’s tough clash at Barrow Raiders.
Visits to the Cumbrians have seldom proved productive in the past and Miller said: “I can’t remember the last time we won there.”
But he added: “If we can go there and get a result on Sunday we can make a statement to the rest of the teams in the division. We are full of confidence after beating Whitehaven last week and we will go there and try and impose our game and our tactics on them. But they are a good side and whatever happens it’s all about consistency over the whole season that will decide where we finish.”
Doncaster’s starting line up is likely to be unchanged and Miller said: “The players who played last week all deserve to play again.”
Mike Kelly, Nathan Powley and Jack Ely are all in contention to replace forward Carl Hughes who will be out for at least three months after dislocating his shoulder after coming on as substitute in the 48-16 win over Whitehaven.
Barrow, who have won their last four games and have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Northern Rail Cup, also expect to be at full strength.
n The Dons will play their third round Challenge Cup tie at home to Sharlston next Saturday, March 24 at the Keepmoat (3pm). Ticket prices have been set at £10 adults, £5 concessions, £2 youngsters (5-16) and free for under 5s.