Doncaster Knights are half way to the top of Mount Everest!
The mountain metaphor is a driving force behind Knights’ bid to return to the Championship at the first time of asking, Dougie Flockhart has revealed.
And it’s so far, so good for Doncaster as they lead the way in National One at the half-way stage.
“We’ve had an image in our heads all year about climbing Everest,” said Flockhart, who starred with a hat trick of tries in last weekend’s 39-30 win over Coventry.
“It comes from something Clive [Griffiths] said to us at the start of the season.
“We’re going to different places every week and it’s just something we use to visualise the job in front of us.
“It’s tough week to week.”
Griffiths’ close-knit side play their final game of 2013 on Saturday at home to bottom of the table Hull Ionians (2.30pm).
Victory over Coventry maintained the club’s perfect home record this season which, Flockhart says, is testament to the team spirit at Castle Park.
He said: “There were some questions asked about us after the Wharfedale defeat and we wanted to answer them. I think we did that.
“If anything that defeat brought us closer together as a squad.
“As a team I’d be hard pushed to think of a better team spirit during all my time at Doncaster,” added the long-serving Scot.
“There’s a good bunch of boys here and it helps when you’re winning.
“I think some people forget that we are actually winning and we’re top of the league.”