Doncaster RLFC: Mindset has to be right for Workington Town trip, warns Sanderson

Stewart Sanderson
Stewart Sanderson

Winger Stu Sanderson will probably feel more at home at Derwent Park in Sunday’s Championship clash against Workington Town than most of his team-mates.

The goal-kicking three-quarter was born just outside nearby Whitehaven and will have family and friends shouting him on in Sunday’s testing encounter.

And he knows exactly what is lying in wait for him and his Dons teammates this weekend.

“Irrespective of current form it is always a tough place to go, what with the travelling involved too,” said Sanderson.

“It can be a nightmare at times.

“You’ve got to get your mindset right on the day because it’s not the best of grounds and Workington are always difficult to beat up there.”

The Dons will go into the game having lost their two opening Championship fixtures against London Broncos and Featherstone Rovers and desperate to get off the mark ahead of the visit of defending champions Leigh Centurions next week.

“We always knew it was going to be a tough start to the season playing against a relegated Super League side and the top two in last season’s Championship, along with a trip up to Workington in our first four games of the season,” said Sanderson.

“We made a very slow start against London Broncos at The Hive.

“We just didn’t come out of the blocks quick enough and they carved us up in the opening quarter.

“You can’t give any team in this league 20 points start and hope to win. As well as we did come back we just left ourselves too much to do.

“Although we came away empty-handed the way we had played in the second half gave us a lot of confidence to take into the Featherstone game.

On Sunday’s defeat to Featherstone, Sanderson added: “We spoke about our slow start during the week and as a group of players we took everything that was said on board and we played a lot better in the first half and came in leading 4-0.

“We knew that they had a big pack and that they would look to try and come down the middle and that we had to keep an eye on half-back Andy Ellis at the ruck, but I thought we defended well.

“To suffer a 13-6 defeat after a really good performance for 60 or 70 minutes was really disappointing but you have to take it on the chin and prepare for the next game, which, as I said, will not be easy.”