Whitehaven v Doncaster RLFC: Keep the faith, urges Dave Scott

Dave Scott
Dave Scott

Doncaster make their second visit of the season to Cumbria on Easter Monday hoping to avoid another heavy defeat.

The Dons lost 33-8 against Workington Town at Derwent Park last month and full-back Dave Scott admits the club can't afford another similar score-line.

“It's never easy up there but it's a game that we've got to be targeting as a win,” he said ahead of last night's local derby against Sheffield Eagles.

“With Whitehaven being just above us in the table it's a real four-pointer.

“I know some people might be viewing it as a relegation game but it wil only be our eighth league game of the season so there is plenty of time to climb up the table.

“Obviously Whitehaven will be viewing it as a game they can win and we'll certainly have to play better than we have done in recent away games if we are to come away with the points.

“We've been making too many handling errors and giving away too many penalties in games and that has been taking its toll on us.

“When you haven't got the ball you can't score and the extra defending you have to do drains your energy.

“I thought we played better in Sunday's home game against Batley and to concede two tries in the last ten minutes after we had led throughout was very disappointing.

“Hopefully we built on that performance in last night's game against Sheffield Eagles.

“Losing, like winning, can become a habit and I just feel that once we get our first win under out belts then we'll be able to start moving forward.

“But it's a tougher league than last year and there are no easy games - although that was also the case last year.

“With promotion and relegation back this season you have to be at your best every week if you hope to pick up a result.”

Despite the club currently propping up the table the Scottish international says that spirit within the camp remains high.

“The first half display against Batley, in particular, showed the spirit is still there," he said.

“They are a great set of lads and we are all in it together and we are all working hard in training to turn things around.”

Scott played most of last season at full-back but has found himself back on the wing in some games this season.

“I'll play wherever Paul Cooke wants me to play but I do prefer playing full-back,” he said.