Thornton calls on in-form Dons to re-focus

Gary Thornton
Gary Thornton

Doncaster RLFC boss Gary Thornton admits looking at the league table is a far more pleasant experience than last season.

Thornton took over a side rooted to the foot of the Championship during the middle of last season and, despite his best efforts, never managed to improve the situation.

Sunday’s 30-22 win at Hunslet Hawks saw them leapfrog several teams without a league game to go second in League One.

“It’s nice to be up there as we approach the halfway point of the season having played four of the top teams and only having lost once,” Thornton told The Star.

“I know that the teams immediately below us have at least one game in hand but I’d much rather have the points in the bag than have a load of games in hand and have to win them.“

He added: “It didn’t look as though we would be where we are now a few weeks ago when we lost three games (two cup and one league) on the trot and we were panicking a little bit.

“But we’ve come good and we showed a lot of character to beat Hunslet by scoring two late tries after they had gone ahead after trailing 18-4 at half time.

“As I say, I’m delighted to be second in the table but it is important that we don’t start losing focus. I’ll be telling the players at training that we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground and not start taking teams for granted.”

Second-rower Mike Kelly is the club’s only injury doubt ahead of Sunday’s trip to Newcastle.