SATURDAY: For some reason my sat nav didn’t seem to want me to get to the City Ground for Doncaster Rovers’ Championship game against Nottingham Forest and seemed to be more interested in taking me to somewhere in Leicestershire.
I felt that Rovers could be catching Forest, who had not won in five games and who had lost the last two, at the right time and so it proved. They were good value for their goalless draw against a side who had gone 36 games unbeaten at home prior to losing at home to Hull a week earlier.
SUNDAY: The Dons got their Championship One campaign off to a winning start with a 40-10 victory over South Wales at the Keepmoat Stadium.
As was the case last season, the Neath-based club hadn’t taken part in the Northern Rail Cup games and had therefore missed out on four pool games and arrived at the Keepmoat having just one competitive game under their belt as against their hosts’ five.
Although they overcame a similar handicap at the same stage of the season last year to beat the Dons in their first ever league game, they rarely looked repeating their victory after finding themselves 18-0 down after 20 minutes.
Doncaster Knights just missed out on a losing bonus point in the first of their six Championship Promotion Play-Off games at Cornish Pirates. Had fly-half Tristran Roberts, back in the side after several weeks on the sidelines, converted the second of two late Doncaster tries, the drive back from Cornwall might not have felt so long for the Knights squad.
MONDAY: I was sorry to lean that former Rovers’ defender Sean McDaid had been forced to retire from the game because of knee trouble.
I always got on well with the likeable young full-back during his time with Rovers.