The Preston game was no place for faint hearts

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IT is grip your seats time at the Keepmoat as we go into the run-in with an eight point lead and 15 points to play for starting at Hull tomorrow.

I don’t think my media team. or myself, have been so stressed or on edge as we were against Preston in midweek!

I have been though the Conference semi-final at Chester - when we missed the first penalty - and I have been at all the other big games. but I had butterflies at this one.

From hours before everyone at the club, and all the fans, knew this was a proper six-pointer with lots at stake.

So, what a game we had in prospect and what a game it turned out to be as both sides defended poorly at times and attacked all the game. It was end-to-end stuff and a game that a neutral would have been excited to watch, but for us it was nerve-racking from start to end. I

I have no idea how it stayed goalless until we scored.

I have to admit I got all emotional as Stocky’s shot hit the net only to be brought down to earth just three minutes later when they equalised.

I was relieved at the end when we got a point and the teams below us did not win either. My only disappointment was the crowd.

Despite the offer that you could attend for just £5 if you came with a season ticket holder, we only got just over 9,000 for one of the biggest games of the season.

Saying that, the ones who came gave us the support we needed against Preston.

On Saturday I was a little disappointed when, having played well, we went behind with minutes to go and half the crowd walked out.

That does not inspire the lads and can deflate them even more. So please sing to the end - it really does help.

Now the club, and you the fans - or the ‘twelfth man’ as chairman John Ryan puts it, have the last five games of the season to go starting at Hull on Saturday, who have still a chance of making the Play-offs and still are financed by the parachute payment and a new owner. It’s a great stadium and one I always like visiting. It’s a great stage for us and one I feel the lads will perform well.

Sean (O’Driscoll) will, as he says, look at this like any other game. but he is thorough and will have dissected Hull from back to front.

The performances have warranted much more recently but Lady Luck has not favoured us.

So we have two homes games left and we need every one in Doncaster to be pushing us forward and enables us to stay up.

Chris Mortley is hoping we do as he is from the Brighton area so wants to visit their new stadium after they got promoted.

For the media team we look at ups and downs in the light of how far we have to travel and at one stage it looked like Brighton, Southampton and Bournemouth, which would have meant quite a few long drives.

For me its getting nearer to the Inca Trek walk so I’m busy walking up and down mountains every weekend.

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