Rochdale v Doncaster RLFC: Dons without injured trio

Doncaster RLFC will lack three of the side which posted their biggest win of the season in their final League One game of the regular season.

Saturday, 9th July 2016, 6:00 am
Tom Carr

Skipper Kyle Kesik, full-back Tom Carr and stand-off Jordan Howden will all miss the trip to second-placed Rochdale tomorrow and join the likes of forwards Matt Nicholson, Brad Foster and Mike Kelly on the sidelines.

“Kyle’s hamstring is sore and Tom suffered a dead leg while Jordan suffered a recurrence of the hip problem which saw him miss the start of the season,” said head coach Gary Thornton.

“It’s not ideal being without three key players against a strong Rochdale side but hopefully all three will be fit for the first play-off match in a fortnight’s time.

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“Ryan Wright will come in for Kyle and winger Louis Sheriff, who we rested last week, will play either full-back or stand-off.

“Matty Welham is likely to come in and hopefully he will make the same sort of impact as did Aarron Jones-Bishop on his return to the side last week.”

Victory over Hemel Stags secured the Dons a top-four spot which ensured that four of their seven play-off games will be at home.

But defeat at Spotland, where Rochdale have dropped just one point, would see the second-placed Lancashire club open up a five-point gap on the Dons.

“With league points being carried forward into the play-offs it’d make our task of finishing in the top-two that more difficult,” said Thornton. “If we beat them we’d only be a point behind them.”