Knights a step closer title

Jamie Lennard sets up another Doncaster attack
Jamie Lennard sets up another Doncaster attack
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Clive Griffiths’ men took one step closer to the League One title with a 25-10 victory over Old Albanian.

With Doncaster chasing promotion and eight points clear of Rosslyn Park, where they travel for next weekend’s colossal fixture, Griffiths was able to shuffle the packto face the Hertfordshire club.

The Welshman brought back Jacob Woodhouse and Richard List, marking his first start for the club in half a decade, having been a second half substitute in last week’s Esher victory.

And it looked to be a long trip back for the Hertfordshire side early on as Doncaster fired themselves in front in the third minute when Jamie Lennard kicked them into a 3-0 lead with a penalty.

However, the hosts were chasing the game when Johannes Lombaard hit back after bulldozing his way through several challenges to crash over in the seventh minute, without conversion.

Doncaster replied four minutes later when a well-worked move down the left saw Woodhouse mark his return with a try as he powered over. Lennard was unable to add to the scoreline, dragging his conversion to the left of the posts, as the scoreboard stayed 8-5 to the hosts.

Doncaster later thought they had gone ahead twice through tries, however, their scores were chalked off for forward passes as Griffiths’ men continued to hold onto their slender lead.

However, despite the early promise, the first half was a bit sluggish from both sides only momentarily livened up when Bevon Armitage touched down in the 24th minute after a sustained bout of pressure.

Lennard slotted the conversion between the posts for a 15-5 scoreline - which proved to be the last scoring action of the half.

As the rain lashed down in their penultimate home fixture of the season, the table-topping Knights extended their lead when the visitors were penalised during their scrum and Lennard comfortably kicked over in the 48th minute for 18-5.

Doncaster’s midtable opponents then failed to cope with the home side’s fast handling moments later as Mat Clark released Paul Jarvis down the right who rode the challenges before finding Chris Walker to power over.

Lennard added the extras to send the Knights into a 25-5 lead with half an hour left.

Doncaster dominated possession in the final stages as Armitage and company probed the visitors’ backline.

Despite an immense amount of pressure from Griffiths’ championship-chasers, it was Old Albanian who collected the final try of the game as they broke with pace down the right with Lloyd Bickle touching down into the corner.

But that proved to be the final action as Doncaster claimed the double over their opponents.