DONCASTER stand-off Craig Fawcett may have lost the captaincy this season, but he’s still leading from the front for the high-flying Co-operative Championship One side.
Fawcett’s half-back pairing with scrum-half Scott Spaven is proving one of the best in the division and has played an important role in the Dons 100 per cent start to the 2011 league campaign.
“We’ve started to play well together,” said Fawcett, who missed much of the club’s Northern Rail Cup Pool A games through injury.
“We both operate on different sides of the pitch which makes it more difficult for teams to defend against us because instead of having just one play-maker, like a lot of sides, we’ve got two and that gives us more attacking options.
“We’ve got a better team than last year and the club have made some good acquistions.
We’ve got a good pack which is helping to give the half-backs a good platform to play off.
“We’ve won our last five league and cup games and we’d have settled for the start we’ve made to our league campaign. which is our top priority, before the season kicked off.
“Hopefully we can make it four wins out of four in Sunday’s home game against Rochdale.
“We beat them at Spotland in our final Northern Rail Cup pool game and that has given us added confidence going into the game.
“Sunday’s win over Workington Town has also given us confidence - especially in the circumstances.
“We were already without half-a-dozen players - four of whom will again be missing this weekend - and we also picked up quite a number of injuries during the game and we had a lot of players playing out of position.
“It was good to see (second-rower) Craig Lawton (who quit due to work commitments almost 12 months ago) back in the team after agreeing to play a couple of games whilst we were down on numbers.
“Obviously as players we are hoping that he stays on. But it’s down to Craig.”
The Dons have already ruled out Mick Butterfield and Aaron Dobek, both injured on Saturday, and several others face late fitness tests. But prop Jamie Bovill is set play.