DONCASTER Knights’ full-back Stevie McColl scored one of the best team tries seen at Castle Park this season in Saturday’s Championship Promotion Play-off Pool A clash against Bedford.
But much of the gloss was taken off it as Bedford hit back to snatch a dramatic 17-16 win with a late converted try.
“My try made the score 16-10 with ten minutes left and I thought that it would be the winning try,” said the young Scot.
“Before the try we’d been dominating and whilst I didn’t think that we’d got it in the bag, I thought that we were looking comfortable and not too stressed out.
“Defences had been on top and both teams had a good workrate and the points that had been scored had been well deserved.
“It would have been a massive boost for us had we held out because it would have been our first win over a top-four side this season.”
Knights, who lost their in the league, get an early chance to gain revenge in tomorrow’s return at Goldington Road - which is now a must-win game.
“It’s a tough place to go,” admitted McColl.
“After getting beaten by Cornish Pirates in their last home game they’ll be wanting to put the record straight and put on a good performance, so it will be a big ask.
“But we’ll go down there with our tails up and hopefully we’ll get a result.
“All the team were down after the game but we were all back up in training on Wednesday.
“After all it wasn’t like we played badly so we were able to look at the positives and it has been easier to lift ourselves.
“We’ll definitely have more confidence now. I think that, as a team, we took big steps in the game at Castle Park.
“In some of our previous games we’d been falling at the last hurdle, whereas on Saturday we played for the full 80 minutes and showed good composure and were unlucky not to get a result.”