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Rams action: Dons' Mick Butterfield breaks through.
Rams action: Dons' Mick Butterfield breaks through.
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WE look like missing out on the knockout stages of the Northern Rail Cup after going down 30-18 against a very big Dewsbury at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday in our penultimate Pool A fixture.

It was a game I feel we could have won if it not had been for a couple of really tough calls from the man in the middle - one which was a hundred per cent try when Ashley Williams scored.

Up to press I am really proud to be the owner of this club as the boys are improving all the time.

If we can stay relatively injury free (unfortunately we picked up a few at the weekend) and keep working hard, then I feel that we will have a big say in Championship One this season.

Here are a few dates for your diary.

Our Challenge Cup third round tie against top amateur side Thatto Heath will be played on Saturday March 5 at the Keepmoat with a 3pm kick-off.

The following weekend, Sunday March 13 marks the start of the Co-op Championship when we are expecting a big crowd at the Keepmoat for our first league game against South Wales Scorpions, which we are dedicating to the Pike River Mining disaster in New Zealand.

We will be donating £2 from every full price adult ticket to the Pike River Fund for the families who lost their loved ones in that tragic mining accident.

We are really grateful to UK Coal for coming on board with this.

This weekend we are away at Rochdale in our final NRC Pool A game.

Spotland has not proved one of our luckiest grounds over the last few years.

We have had a very tough time on occasions and come away second best.

We will be down on troops for this game but it gives other players a chance to make a claim for a starting place when the league kicks off.

Depending on how long the boys who picked up knocks against Dewsbury are going to be out for - which we won’t know until they are all assessed at training by the medical team - coach Tony Miller may need to have a look at bringing in a couple of players on loan if we can pull something off.