DONCASTER’S hopes of claiming second spot in Championship One were dashed as they lost 37-6 at home to Workington Town in their final home game of the season.
In-form Town, who have beaten newly-crowned champions Swinton, the Dons and Keighley, who both started the day joint-second with them, in the last month avenged two previous defeats by Tony Miller’s side this season in emphatic style.
“I didn’t see that coming,” Miller told The Star. “Credit to them; they beat us in every facet of the game. They had a much better kicking game; we were very poor. Every time we got into good field positions we didn’t ask enough questions. Too often we took the soft option and that made it easy to defend against.
“When we got in good positions we also panicked and turned the ball over too much. That’s been an area of concern all year. We’ve done a lot of work on that aspect of our game in the last two weeks in training but we still had people doing things they shouldn’t be doing.
“The wheels fell off today and I apologize to the fans because they deserve better than that. If I’m honest I’m really disappointed and I’ve told the players that they need to take a long look in the mirror at themselves.
“I thought that they wanted it more and were better than us. I thought that we were poor across the board and I thought they thoroughly deserved their victory.
“I don’t think that they are 31 points better than us but on the day they were; it’s as simple as that.
“I thought that we made it easy for them to get out of their 20-metre zone in the first half. We didn’t make it tough for them. We gave away a lot of dumb penalties to our cost.”
Trailing 18-0 at the break, Miller said the only chance the Dons had of making a game of it was if they scored first after the break.
“What I was hoping for was that if we lost we’d finish near enough (within 12 points) to pick up a losing bonus point,” he said.