Doncaster RLFC: York City Knights Super 8s clash may still be played

Doncster head coach  Gary Thornton
Doncster head coach Gary Thornton

Doncaster RLFC’s League One Super 8s game against York City Knights could still be played despite the Minstermen announcing they had folded on Thursday night.

The Rugby Football League, City of York Council and York City have all put their name to a petition arguing the sport still has a future in the city.

There is talk of a takeover and the RFL have also said they’d be prepared to reschedule the game.

“I’ve spoken to a couple of players and they said that they will carry on in the Super 8s playing as York based playing out of Castleford but I don’t know whether that has been confirmed,” said Dons boss Gary Thornton last night.

“The RFL want to keep the game alive in York and I imagine there will have to be some sort of decision by midweek.

“Playing at Castleford, where I spent three years as U-21 coach wouldn’t be a problem for us; the main concern is when we’d play the game.

“I wouldn’t be happy playing the game in midweek but the only blank weekend we’ve got is the Wembley weekend and some players have arranged things for that weekend as have some staff.

“But I don’t want to benefit from their demise and I want to have to beat them to pick up the points.”

The club took on Hull Under-23s in a friendly on Saturday where Thornton, who is likely to be without both half-backs this weekend, tried out a new partnership.

Prop Matt Nicholson expects to learn the extent of his knee injury today after having a scan yesterday.