Dons are aiming high at Spotland

Confident: Craig Fawcett
Confident: Craig Fawcett
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DONCASTER could climb back into the top-four in Championship One for the first time since early season if they beat promotion rivals Rochdale at Spotland on Sunday.

The sixth-placed Dons, who go into the game just a point behind second-placed Workington Town with a game in hand, have already won at Spotland this season.

But their 40-36 victory in a meaningless Northern Rail Cup pool game in February was followed by a 24-8 league defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium in April.

“We under-performed on the day, though that is not taking anything away from Rochdale because they looked a decent side,” said Dons’ stand-off Craig Fawcett.

The Rochdale defeat sparked off a five-match losing run which saw the Dons plummet from second to third bottom.

But the club Dons have won their last four and will travel in confident mood.

“We didn’t play badly in most of those five games and we aren’t playing much differently now,” said Fawcett.

“We just needed to put one or two things right and we have done. We still have things that we need to work on but we are getting closer and closer to where we want to be.

“Swinton have got away from the field but there is little between the next five clubs at the minute and we want to stay in the mix.

“We have got to be confident of doing that how we are playing, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves.”