DONCASTER Knights are expecting one of their toughest battles of the season in today’s Championship derby against Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.
“Rotherham have made a really good start to the season,” said Knights’ boss Brett Davey. “Their home record has been absolutely fantastic - particularly the big win over Bristol.
“It sort of ties in with the sort of side they’ve got this year. They are big and powerful and the small pitch at Clifton Lane serves them well.
“The likelihood is that we are probably going to have to have to adapt our preferred style of playing style in order to try and get a result.
“Doncaster-Rotherham games are notoriously tight and hard to call. But I’d imagine with Rotherham being a place above us and being at home, that they’ll be thinking that they are the favourites. But it is all about what happens on the day.
“We’ve had a good look at them this week and we know what to expect and we’ve also told the new players just what this game is all about and I think it was important that we did that.”
Whilst some of the Doncaster players will be tackling their first ever South Yorkshire derby, the likes of skipper Chris Hallam, PJ Gidlow and veteran Glen Kenworthy - who have all previously worn the Rotherham colours - know all about how special the game is to both clubs.
Although Knights have dropped to sixth as a result of losing two of their last three Championship games, Davey is generally pleased with how his first season in charge has gone.
He said: “Some people have lost sight of what has happened this season.
“But if we were to have been offered sixth place, just seven points off top spot going into the midway point of the league season, we’d have taken it.
“We’ve got seven games between now and the end of the year and they are going to be massively important in our efforts to finish in the top eight.”