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#2947329 Cooke "Dewsbury are a good side"

Posted by Dons News on 20 June 2014 - 02:10 PM

Doncaster player coach Paul Cooke spoke to the official website ahead of Sunday's trip to Dewsbury Rams.

Cooke's men will remain in third place in the Championship with a victory and well on course to meet the clubs goal of making the top eight in the division.

The Dons lost their encounter with the Rams earlier this season at the Keepmoat Stadium and Cooke acknowledged that it will be a difficult trip.

He said: "Dewsbury are a good side, I like the way Glenn coaches and plays.

"I like his team and what they bring to the table, I think they are very similar to ourselves.

"They have a very tight knit group and they work really hard for each other.

"In my opinion it promises too be the game of the round."

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#2891599 Doncaster RLFC 12 Dewsbury Rams 20

Posted by Dons News on 02 March 2014 - 06:52 PM

Doncaster 12 Dewsbury 20


Kingstone Press Championship


Sunday 2nd March 2014


Attendance: 744


Dons: Butterfield, Scott, Morrison, Welham, Sanderson, Cooke, Nicklas, Robinson, Spaven, Carbutt, Hadley, Kelly, Emmett. Subs: Leaf, Wilson, Starling, Castle.


Rams: Sheriff, Morton, Pryce, Grady, Scott, Hemingway, Thackeray, Nash, Godwin, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Brown. Subs: Hyde, Gallagher, Aizue, Haggarty.


In a cold blustery afternoon at the Keepmoat Stadium, the Dons were faced with playing into the wind in the first half. 


It was a battling, physical start to the match, in the eighth minute, Dewsbury were awarded a penalty for offside, the Rams had three sets of six on the Dons line, but the defence held strong to deny the visitors an early lead.  Dewsbury had the opportunity to take two points, when they were awarded a penalty under the sticks, but opted to run the ball instead.


In the 17th minute, Karl Pryce offloaded well to Dale Morton on the left wing, allowing him to go through, he chipped for Wayne Godwin to chase, but the kick proved to be too strong, bouncing through the in-goal area.


Dewsbury’s Maatthew Haggarty gave the Dons an opportunity, holding down in a tackle, Mike Emmett and Paul Cooke combined, he found Liam Welham in the centre, who tried to offload to Stewart Sanderson, but the ball only found touch.


The visitors thought they had taken the lead in the 32nd minute, Anthony Thackeray’s pin point kick hit the left post and Tom Hemmingway went over to score for Dewsbury, however after the referee consulted his touch judge, the Dons were awarded a penalty as Hemmingway was judged to have been offside.


Half Time Doncaster 0 Dons 0


Playing with the wind after the break, the Dons gained field possession as the Dewsbury defence was penalised for offside.  Doncaster pressed and Scott Spaven burst over from dummy half to score the first try of the match.  Stewart Sanderson converted to give Doncaster a 6-0 lead.


In the 50th minute Dewsbury hit back.  Kieran Hyde broke through before being brought down at the last.  The Rams went down the blind side on the last tackle and Scott Hale scored for the visitors just inside the right touchline.  The Dons still held a slender two-point advantage, as Hemmingway couldn’t convert the try.


Six minutes later though the Dons regained their lead.  Paul Cooke did brilliantly to hold on to a low pass from Matthew Carbutt, Cooke then spun the ball out to Mike Kelly who passed back to the Dons player coach on the inside to score the try.  Sanderson was unable to add the conversion with the score at 10-4.


Straight from the kick-off however, Mike Kelly knocked on giving Dewsbury field possession 25 metres out.  Anthony Thackeray then made the Dons pay on the fourth tackle with a superb dummy before bulldozing his way over to score the try.  Hemmingway added the extras to level the scores at 10-10.


In the 65th minute Dewsbury were awarded a penalty 30 metres out after interference at the play the ball.  Kieran Hyde converted to give Dewsbury the lead for the first time in the match.


Two minutes later Doncaster were given a penalty 35 metres out, Sanderson stepped up and converted the penalty to level the scores once more.


In the 72nd minute, Liam Welham was adjudged to have knocked on 25 metres out.  The Rams pressed the Dons line and Stephen Nash was unlucky to  be held up under the posts.  Dewsbury were not to be stopped though when Thackeray sent a great ball to winger Greg Scott in space, missing out three men, and he was adjudged to have got the ball down, despite a great attempt from Dons pair Scott and Welham to hold him up.  Hyde added the extras from touch to make the score 12-18.


Five minutes later Dewsbury were given another penalty as the Dons were penalised for offside.  Hyde once more added the extras to give Dewsbury and eight point lead.


Full Time: Dons 12 Dewsbury 20.


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