I’ve got faith in my squad, says Doncaster Knights boss Brett Davey

Doncaster Knights' Brett Davey. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Knights' Brett Davey. Picture: Andrew Roe

KNIGHTS director of rugby Brett Davey insists his side will find the winning touch again soon - with a bit of fine-tuning on the training ground.

The Castle Park club, who have not managed a league win since January, slipped to their fourth straight Championship defeat of the season at London Scottish on Saturday.

They face another stiff test on Friday night when Cornish Pirates visit Armthorpe Road (7.45pm).

But Davey is not pushing the panic button and, with an eye on the bigger picture, told the Free Press he has faith in his new-look squad.

Davey said: “Obviously we’re disappointed and concerned that we’ve lost the first four.

“But we knew it was going to be a difficult start and we were actually quite pleased with how we played against Bristol and Newcastle - two sides who’ll be there or thereabouts.

“It’s frustrating because we wanted to be in the mix with them.

“But it’s important to keep things in perspective.

“This is the first season for a while in which we’ve had some stability at the club after two or three years of budget cuts.

“We’ve got a good set-up here.

“The players are spoilt with the facilities.

“I’ve got every faith in these players,” he added.

“They’re not bad players.

“It’s just a case of working on a few things, making sure people know exactly what their roles are, and cutting out the unforced errors.”

Davey’s men burst out of the blocks at Richmond and raced into a 14-0 lead courtesy of tries from Dougie Flockhart and Tyson Lewis.

But a much-improved Scottish outfit, who included former Doncaster favourite PJ Gidlow, roared back to take a 22-14 advantage into the interval.

David Howells, Mark Bright and Scottish international Phil Godman all touched down for the hosts to turn the game on its head.

Chris Hallam went over for the visitors to reduce the deficit but a controversial penalty try and a late Paul Spivey score took the game out of reach.

Winger Lewis notched a superb consolation effort in the last minute when he ran over from half way but Doncaster had to settle for a four-try bonus point.

Davey said: “Looking at how we played early on, it was like a watching a different side for the rest of the game.

“There were too many unforced errors and we lost our way completely.

“We have to make sure that doesn’t happen again this weekend.”

Doncaster have lost to Plymouth Albion, Bristol, Newcastle Falcons and London Scottish this term.

Knights’ losing run in the Championship stretches back for 14 games in total after they ended last season with four league losses followed by six defeats in the promotion play-offs.

Doncaster’s last league victory came at home to Esher on January 28.

Davey told the Free Press last week that supporters should judge his side over the next six weeks - but a tough campaign is not about to get any easier.

Following this weekend’s visit of the Pirates, Knights face difficult trips to Leeds Carnegie and Nottingham before a crucial home meeting with Moseley.