Doncaster RLFC: Thornton not ready to throw in the towel

Mike Emmett was a late withdrawal from the Dons squad
Mike Emmett was a late withdrawal from the Dons squad

Dons boss Gary Thornton is not about to throw the towel in despite seeing his side go down 62-0 in yesterday’s clash at Workington.

“It would be easy to say we can’t wait for the end of the season and just go through the motions, but we have to remain as positive as we can – not least for the sake of the supporters - and try and get something from our last three games,” he said.

“It would certainly be nice to go out on a high by beating Dewsbury in our last home game a week on Sunday, but first we’ve got to go to Hunslet this weekend and that’s not going to be easy following their win at Whitehaven yesterday.”

Reflecting on the club’s defeat, Thornton said: “It was a very disappointing result both in terms of the number of points we conceded and the fact that we didn’t score a point ourselves.

“But without wishing to make excuses we were down to our last available 17 players - and not all of them were fit – due to injuries and other commitments.

“Loto Tagaloa, for instance, had to return home due to a family emergency.

“Loose-forward Mike Emmett, who had a cut foot, travelled up with us and took part in the warm-up but he realised he couldn’t play so we had to go with just three subs.

“It’s a real test of character for everybody at the club at this moment in time and the coaching staff and myself have got to try and raise the players’ spirits this week.”

“Hopefully we’ll have several players back on Sunday.”