Dons beat select side

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THE Dons beat a Doncaster Amateur Select 38-6 in their second and final pre-season warm-up game at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday.

“The amateur lads gave us a good game It was a good work-out for the squad,” said Dons boss Tony Miller.

It was the first such game between the town’s semi-professional club and the pick of the town’s amateur players, and Miller judged it a successful experiment.

“It is something that I’d like to do every year,” he told The Star.

Reflecting on the game, Miller said: “There are always things you need to work on at this time of the year.

“I thought that we could have done better with the ball, but to be fair we pulled scrum-half Scott Spavin out of the game an hour before the start because his shoulder was a little bit sore and we didn’t want to risk him.

“It meant making changes at half-back but, as I say, we didn’t want to risk him ahead of our first game of the season at Featherstone on Friday.

“We set off well and scored two early tries but then we went away from the game-plan. We we tried to go too wide too quickly instead of going forward and then playing wide.

“Defensively we were better (than against Hull), We had to defend our line a lot but we were organised and we managed to keep them out until late in the game when they scored from an off-load.”