Ryan On The Record: Doncaster Rovers chairman on Preston defeat, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Doncaster RLFC

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AFTER a great performance at Leyton Orient things went sadly awry against Preston North End.

It is always annoying and frustrating to get undone by set pieces, especially if you take into consideration we had twice as many chances as our visitors to hit the back of the net.

They were more clinical and came away with the points.

Yet on another day we could have scored three or four.

Had we been as clinical as we had been at Orient, the result would have been a lot different.

Nevertheless, we are a solid team and we will have the odd blip.

Let’s hope that we can get back on track on Saturday at home to Shrewsbury and start winning at the Keepmoat.

I don’t need to tell you that our away form is excellent and when you see what scalps Walsall and Orient have taken, it does show what can be achieved.

I was thoroughly delighted with the performance of Iain Hume against Orient.

He took his goal well and I look forward to seeing more from him.

He adds that little bit of quality to the squad and I hope he helps us reach for the stars again.

Unfortunately after Saturday’s game he will be missing for the games with Chesterfield and Hartlepool as he is with the Canadian international team.

I thought they only played ice hockey up that neck of the woods and it was too cold for soccer and other outdoor pursuits!

Good luck to him, we wish him well.

On Tuesday against Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy we are kicking off at 7pm.

It is an initiative of the competition sponsors who want to encourage children and their parents and guardians to the games across the country.

It’s a quid-a-kid promotion and £10 for adults - so please bring your children.

With the size of our squad we have we want to concentrate on the bread and butter of League One.

But it would be nice to progress in this competition now that we are out of the League Cup despite a good performance at Carrow Road.

To be credited with ten good chances and keep Premier League opposition to one goal on their own ground was a good effort from the lads.

I would like to take this opportunity of congratulating Tony Miller and his Dons rugby league team on winning the Co-operative Championship One Grand Final at Warrington on Sunday.

I am told they were defensively very good against a strong Barrow team and also showed some nice touches in attack.

Not many people know I married into a rugby league family as my wife Lynne is a former Miss Salford RL.

Her late father was very close to the board of directors in the highly successful Brian Snape era and followed the Red Devils all his life.

The Dons can now look forward to some tasty derbies next season against the likes of Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers and Halifax.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Rovers Till I Die

John Ryan