STEVE HOSSACK: Locked out after my night at the ‘races’

Gifted: Adel Taarabt
Gifted: Adel Taarabt
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THURSDAY: The drug testing unit were up at Doncaster Rovers’ training ground when I arrived for the weekly press conference.

They were carrying out routine tests on selected players, as they do at other clubs, and took over the room usually used for the press conference.

FRIDAY: I feared that I would have to spend the night in the car after attending Rovers Supporters’ Club’s fund-raising Race Night at the Toad Brewery.

My wife had intended going along with me but she felt tired after a six-hour journey home after a few days’ break and said she fancied an early night.

I told her that I wouldn’t be more than an hour - which turned out to be nearer two - as there were a number of people I knew at the function when I got there.

When I got back home my wife had locked the doors (thinking I’d got my key) and had gone to bed.

After banging on the door and ringing the bell for ten minutes or so, in desperation I decided to get a prop from the back garden and bang on the bedroom window loud enough that she would hear it but not hard enough to break the window.

I got a funny look from a couple walking their dog, who must have wondered what I was doing, but at least it eventually had the desired affect.

SATURDAY: Queens Park Rangers must have travelled North with a little trepidation, despite being seven points clear at the top, in view of the fact that they had not won in Doncaster for 60 years.

Although he would have made Rovers’ task that much harder had he played, I was disappointed that QPR’s Morocan midfielder Adel Taarabt, who cried off due to a family bereavement, wasn’t playing as he is one of the most gifted footballers outside the top flight.

His duel with Rovers’ skipper Brian Stock would probably have been one of the highlights.

Fortunately for Rangers, Taarabt’s replacement, Ephraim, scored the only goal of the game to secure the Loftus Road club their first-ever double over Rovers.

Doncaster Knights got off the mark in Pool B of the Championship promotion play-off’s with a 42-26 win over Rotherham Titans at Castle Park.

Knights looked like running up a cricket score when racing into a 31-0 lead but almost threw the game away in the second half.

SUNDAY: Doncaster Rovers Belles held a Media Open Day at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Belles are one of eight clubs who will form the new FA-backed Women’s Super League, which kicks-off next month. I had a long chat with chairman Jonathan James and manager John Buckley about the new venture and their prospects.

The Dons received a boost ahead of their Co-operative Championship One game at London Skolars when being paired with Super League Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the Keepmoat Stadium in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Wakefield aren’t the strongest of top flight clubs after losing a number of key players on the eve of the season after going into administration,

But their young side won 20-7 away at Hull FC on Friday night and they will fancy their chances of seeing off the Dons.

Whatever happens on the field the Dons should come out winners on the day and I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t a 3,000 plus crowd.

The Dons came from 16-6 down to beat Skolars 42-22 in the capital but both clubs could find themselves in trouble with the Rugby Football League following ugly scenes involving the rival benches.

With Bedford Blues due at Castle Park to take on the Knights on Saturday. I took in the first half of their televised play-off clash at home to Cornish Pirates.

They had gone into the game as favourites, having routed Titans in their opening pool match, but were sunk by the Pirates.