THE Dons have signed Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ winger Gareth Potts on an initial month’s loan.
“With recent signing Richard Tafa unavailable due to working away in Scotland, and either Stu Sanderson or Dean Colton likely to fill for injured full-back Mick Butterfield, we were a bit light on the flanks for Sunday’s game at Workington,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.
Miller admits that the absence of Butterfield, who picked up a knee injury in the club’s last game against Keighley a fortnight ago, will be a big blow,
“Mick brings the ball out of defence strongly and helps put us on the front foot,” he said.
Miller will again lack the services of dual-registered Hull FC centre Nev Morrison, who is required by the Super League club this weekend, for the trip to Derwent Park.
The Dons beat a useful-looking Town team at the Keepmoat Stadium in late March to retain second place in the table.
But they will travel up to Cumbria for the return third bottom having have lost all five subsequent league games.
“Obviously it is not where we want to be,” said Miller. “But we do have games in hand over all the teams above us and if we were to win those things would look a lot differently.
“Although we’ve lost our last five, apart from the game at Oldham, where we were awful in the second half, we have played well. We just need to start turning good performances into wins as we were doing earlier in the season.
“I just feel that we need just one win to stop the rot and get us going forward again.
“It’s a big game on Sunday but one which I feel that we can get a result in.
“We’ve already beaten them at home and I think that we’ve got a good chance of completing the double over them.
“But I’m under no illusions that it is going to be tough; it is never easy up there at the best of times and I’m expecting it to be a real battle.
“The Derwent Park pitch, which is surrounded by a speedway track, is not the best.
“It is generally bumpy and a lot tighter than the Keepmoat and you really do have to win the battle up front.
“It will be a massive test for our forwards. They’ve got a big physical pack and we need to match their intensity to give us the options to win the game, but if we don’t stop their forwards then we’ve got no chance.
“Veteran half-back Darren Holt is also a threat. He missed the game at Doncaster but he’ll be playing Sunday and we’ll need to keep a close eye on him.”