Sanderson bids to keep Dons on Play-offs roll

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STUART Sanderson is hoping to help Doncaster wing their way to victory in Sunday’s testing Championship One Promotion Play-off quarter-final against Rochdale at Spotland,

Sanderson bagged a brace in Sunday’s 34-16 win over fancied Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium and is hoping to add to his 12 touchdowns.

Cumbrian-born Sanderson says he particularly enjoyed the win over Whitehaven having being raised in the area.

“I was born in the town and I used to knock around with quite a few of the Whitehaven players,” he told The Star.

He admits that he was surprised by the Dons margin of victory against a side they had struggled to beat 20-18 in the league last month.

“We knew what we had to do when we had the ball and that our defence needed to be spot on when they had it and everything went to plan on the day.

“We were disappointed to finish outside the top three because it means that we’ve got to do it the hard way if we are to reach the final. If we beat Rochdale on Sunday then we’ll be away to either Keighley or Workington and either game would be very tough.

“But we know that we’ve got it in us to beat any side in this division; it is just a case of getting it right on the day; there are no second chances now.

“Rochdale will know that and they’ll also be up for the game. They are a good side with a big pack, creative half-backs and pace out wide and they are also in good form as was shown by the size of their victory over Oldham, who have been one of the form teams in recent weeks, last weekend. We’ve got to try and stop their pack’s go-forward and deny them the space out wide. We’ve also got to be focused for the full 80 minutes.”

Irrespective of the outcome, the former Dewsbury man, who has also stood in at full-back for Mick Butterfield on occasions, says he has no regrets at joining the South Yorkshire club this season.

“There are a good set of lads and the stadium is a great place to play. I’ve enjoyed it.”