OUR hardy group of eight supporters have just returned from a four-day trip to Penzance to support Doncaster Knights in their opening Championship Promotion Play-Off Pool B game against Cornish Pirates.
Apart from the result, what a great time we had.
The Knights lost the game itself by eight points which, given the fact that we had a large number of players out injured, was not too bad a performance against a side that has only lost once at home this year.
Factor into this the fact that one of our props had been up all night ill (but managed to last 48 minutes) whilst our young replacement lock suffered the same problem but still came on for the final 10 minutes, and it was a gutsy performance.
I know the team were very unhappy about losing but they should be given credit for sticking at things like they did.
Off the field we had a great time. Saturday afternoon was spent in the Pirates’ clubhouse watching London Welsh v Nottingham followed by Italy v France and brought to a conclusion by Wales v Ireland. Obviously to show our appreciation to our hosts, we had to drink a fair amount of their delightful Tetleys.
On Sunday, one of our number dropped a full glass of ale after the game (he misjudged the distance to the bar) and so had to clean it up with a mop. We have him on camera but, unfortunately, he has served a super-injunction on me so I am banned from mentioning his name.
Well I have found another regular reader – that makes five now. He lives in Hong Kong. So Charles Stuart, take a bow – he obviously receives an electronic copy!
Charles says he loves reading my stories about Peter Waddington. For those of you who don’t know Peter, he and I played prop together back in the days before the M62 was built so every away trip was a long one.
Everyone wanted to travel with Peter because he had this amazing estate car that knew its way to the car park of every pub that sold Barnsley Bitter irrespective of whether we were travelling back from Hull, Leeds or York. The car had a mind of its own and would often leave one pub and then insist on calling at the pub in the next village as well. Happy days!
However, back to the present and this Saturday Knights play Rotherham Titans at Castle Park (2.30pm) in the second of their Championship promotion play off matches. This is the fourth time that the two clubs have met this season with the Knights currently ahead by two wins to one.