DONCASTER Knights go into battle away to lowly Championship rivals Moseley today after one of the most traumatic weeks in the club’s history.
The thoughts of both the club’s coaching staff and players have been on scrum-half Lee Aldis’s fight for life, after being badly injured in a car crash on Saturday night.
The incident, which has seen the 23 year-old spend most of the week on a life-support machine, cast a shadow over Knights’ best win of the season - a 36-21 victory over fancied Cornish Pirates at Castle Park.
“The win over Pirates has got a bit of a monkey off our backs,” said Knights’ boss Brett Davey. “We’d come close to beating quite a few of the top sides and it had been our fault that we hadn’t done so.
“It wasn’t the opposition who beat us in those games, it was ourselves. The win over Pirates will certainly give us confidence going into the next month of rugby. We’ll be looking to play as similar to the way we played against Pirates as much as we possibly can, but we’ve got some tough games coming up in December and it is not going to be easy.”
Following a particularly testing period, the trip to lowly Moseley would appear to offer Knights a slight respite, but Davey doesn’t see it that way.
“There are no easy games at this level and we don’t have a good record at Moseley; it’s not an easy place to go,” said the Welshman. “Some of the sides near the bottom of the table are going to be fighting for everything so it’s going to be tough. But if we can play anything like we did against Pirates then we are basically a match for any team.”