Doncaster RLFC: Injury woes are easing for Kelly

Mike Kelly is tackled by Andrew Henderson and Dane Straughier. Photo: Rob Terrace
Mike Kelly is tackled by Andrew Henderson and Dane Straughier. Photo: Rob Terrace

Second-rower Mike Kelly made a welcome return to action in last weekend’s Championship derby against Sheffield Eagles.

It was his first appearance in seven weeks following a foot injury, and only his third game since suffering an adductor muscle injury in late March.

“It’s certainly been a frustrating season in terms of injuries” said Kelly, the only Doncaster-born player in the squad.

“I came back (on the bench) in the game at Leigh in May after being out for seven weeks but had to play most of the game after Lee Waterman was injured early on and ended with a hamstring injury.”

As with the game at Leigh, Sunday’s tie against the Eagles ended in defeat.

“We were disappointed because we had looked to be well on our way to beating them when we were leading 22-12,” said Kelly.

“We thought that we’d go on and win the game at that point, though we never thought that we’d run away with it because they are a good side. But we made individual errors and that gave them the momentum.

“We had looked to be in the frame to finish as high as second, but following successive defeats we have got to win all four remaining games and for other results to go our way to have any chance of improving on fourth.

“None of our remaining games are going to be easy and Workington Town, this weekend, have won their last seven games. They are on a roll and will be hard to beat.

“We beat them up at Derwent Park, which is never an easy place to go, earlier in the season, but they are obviously playing a lot better now than they were then and we are going to have to play well.”