Dons take ‘one step forward, two back’ following Halifax defeat - Thornton

Dons could not get to grips with Halifax.
Dons could not get to grips with Halifax.

They say a week is a long time in politics.

It certainly is in rugby league as far as Dons’ boss Gary Thornton is concerned after the club’s 52-0 defeat against Halifax at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Thornton had been looking for his side to build on their first win of the season against Hunslet seven days earlier by at least giving the visitors a run for their money.

But he was left “bitterly disappointed” after seeing his charges crash to their biggest home defeat of the season.

“We have taken one step forward and two steps back in our last two games,” said Thornton after the game.

“We showed some real progress last week but we were unrecognisable from the Hunslet game.”

Although the Dons defended better than on a number of occasions this season in the first half, Thornton felt they lacked a cutting edge in attack.

“We didn’t ask too many questions of them (in defence) and we didn’t complete (our sets) well enough.

“We turned the ball over pretty cheaply at times and looked nervous.

“They are a decent side and played well but we made them look better than they are today.

“From the first minute we were poor.

“We were still in the game at half time despite trailing 18-0 but we needed a reaction.”