Tough league home opener for the Dons

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THE Dons will kick-off their 2012 campaign with the first of four Northern Rail Cup pool games at Gateshead.

They will entertain both York and Sheffield Eagles before travelling to face a third Championship side in Hunslet Hawks.

Tony Miller’s men open their Championship One campaign with a home game against Whitehaven, one of the sides expected to be challenging for promotion. They make the long trip up to Barrow the following weekend.

The newly-formed North Wales Crusaders check in at the Keepmoat Stadium on May 27.

Dons fixtures


12 (N) Gateshead A

19 (N) York City H

26 (N) Sheffield H


4 (N) Hunslet A

11 Whitehaven H

18 Barrow A


1 South Wales H

6 London H

22 Gateshead A


6 Rochdale H

13 Oldham H

20 Workington A

27 NW Crusaders A


10 Rochdale A

24 Gateshead H


1 South Wales A

15 Barrow H

22 Workington H


5 Whitehaven A

12 Oldham A

19 NW Crusaders H


2 London A

(N = Northern Rail Cup)