Doncaster Knights: Clark not at the races for Blaydon trip

Knights' Mat Clark scores a try against Tynedale. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' Mat Clark scores a try against Tynedale. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Doncaster Knights will be without their leading try scorer Mat Clark for today’s tricky trip to Blaydon.

The former Leeds Carnegie centre - top try scorer in National One with 11 scores - misses out after pulling a hamstring in last weekend’s 55-3 win at home to Tynedale.

Clark picked up the injury as he ran in for his third try of the game in the space of ten first half minutes.

His powerful running from midfield will be a miss against a Blaydon team who could prove to be difficult opponents in their own backyard.

Clark is replaced by Paul Eti-Slater, who slots in alongside Bevon Armitage.

Jamie Lennard returns to the starting line-up at full back, with Glenn Bryce shifting to the wing in the absence of the suspended Dougie Flockhart.

Two other personnel changes from the side that eased to victory over Tynedale see Jack Cosgrove start at loose head prop and Roberto Santamaria also return to the front row.

Player coach Glen Kenworthy, meanwhile, this week waxed lyrical about the value of away wins in Doncaster’s bid to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

“The last time we were on the road [at Henley] we slipped up, we want to make sure that doesn’t happen this week,” Kenworthy told Knights’ official website.

“Within the league a lot of the teams are slipping up away from home, any victory on the road is a huge boost to any team.

“Blaydon have a big pack, we’ve seen some footage on them and their game plan works well.

“The ground is a bit exposed and they are well rehearsed in using the weather to their advantage.

“We are focusing on us this weekend.

“We’ve trained well this week and we are really looking forward to the game.

“It’d be nice to have a few less injuries,” he added.

“It’s a cliché, and I say it all the time, but we must take each game as it comes.

“Blaydon is the next challenge and that is where our sole focus is.”