Doncaster Dons stay on track in Northern Rail Cup

Lee Waterman produced a mammoth performance in the Dons' win over Swinton in the Northern Rail Cup
Lee Waterman produced a mammoth performance in the Dons' win over Swinton in the Northern Rail Cup

The Dons booked a first class ticket for the Northern Rail Cup semi finals with a 36-14 win at Swinton Lions.

After flying out of the station to open up a 18-0 lead in the first 24 minutes, it looked as though the Doncaster locomotive had hit the buffers when Swinton narrowed the gap to just four points.

But it proved a minor delay on their express route to the final four as they emerged comfortable winners before the end of the line.

Now head coach Tony Miller wants a semi final home draw to end his side’s long run of away days.

“We could do with a home draw because it’ll be six on the trot on the road if not,” Miller said.

“Obviously with the calibre of the teams in the competition, it doesn’t matter where you are, you’ve got to put in a performance.

“But we’ve given ourselves a great chance of making the final.

“I thought we had a little bit of fatigue after the win at Featherstone.

“But we showed tremendous character and I’m happy with how we played.”

It could not have started better for the Dons with three early tries, all of which came through Paul Cooke.

First he drew in a tackle before popping a short pass for Chris Spurr to run in. Then his long range kick was fumbled by Gene Ormsby, providing the platform for Danny Cowling to go over.

And finally he produced a trademark long pass out wide for Stuart Sanderson to surge over.

Swinton finally got their act together in the last ten minutes of the half and by the 44th minute, they were within four points after tries from Ormsby, Matt Sarsfield and Craig Harvey.

But the proved the only offering from the Lions as the Dons quelled the comeback.

Tries from the impressive Lee Waterman, Craig Fawcett and Mike Emmett – all converted by Sanderson who had a 100 per cent record on the night – saw them run out relatively comfortable winners and book their place in Sunday’s semi final draw.

Dons: Waterman, Tuffour, Sanderson, Cowling, Kay, Cooke, Fawcett, Trout, Spurr, Scott, Waller, Emmett, Castle,

Subs: Carbutt, Spiers, Hughes, Powley.