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Dons to take on the Hawks

Yesterday, 03:24 PM

Doncaster RLFC can today confirm a second pre-season fixture for the 2015 campaign.

The Dons will take on Kingstone Press Championship newcomers Hunslet Hawks at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday 25th January (3pm).

Hunslet last season won promotion from the Kingstone Press Championship 1, defeating Oldham Roughyeds 17-16 in the Grand Final thanks to a golden point drop goal from Thomas Coyle in extra time.

The Hawks will provide Doncaster with competitive competition, being in the same league as the Dons in the next campaign.

Ticket details and further pre-season fixtures will be announced in due course.

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The betting angle - Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient

Yesterday, 02:24 PM

Leyton Orient visit the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday, seeking their first win over Rovers since 1997.

The East London club have failed to win any of their last eight meetings since thrashing Rovers 8-0 in the old League Division Three on December 28, 1997, in front of 4,448 bemused fans.

Rovers have since won five of the last eight clashes, including the last two – both 2-0 victories.

Orient have found life tough this term, winning just twice, and have won just once in their last 10 games. Interestingly, both victories came away from home. That said, they have also been tough to beat, drawing six of their last 10.

The visitors are considered 7/5 (or 2.4) to win on Tuesday evening.

Rovers are looking to bounce back after losing 3-1 to Fleetwood Town on Saturday, their fifth defeat of the season. One win in five at home means the bookmakers make the hosts 8/5 (or 2.6) outsiders and that seems a little too generous in our book.

Though Paul Dickov’s men were punished by some sloppy defensive play, they did create several good chances at Highbury and you get the feeling that, at some point, things will click and an opposing team will pay a heavy price. We can but hope.

The draw, which has occurred in three of the last six meetings, is available at 33/17 (or 2.94).

It might be worth noting that both sides found the net in nine of their last 14 meetings and it is 67/100 (or 1.67) that this occurs on Tuesday evening.

While five of the last six meetings saw fewer than three total goals, given their respective recent form, we feel that there could be more than two goals scored.

Interim O’s manager Kevin Nugent will be without two first-choice centre halves through injury, and both skipper Nathan Clarke and Mathieu Bawdry are suspended, so we like the odds of 24/25 (or 1.96) for over 2.5 total goals to be scored.  We like the look of a 2-1 scoreline at 8/1 or 3-1 at 20/1.

There are plenty of games in League One on Tuesday evening, as well as Manchester City and Chelsea in Champions League action.

Walsall will be hoping to blow the doors off Crawley after signing Leicester’s Michael Cain. The midfielder could make his debut for the Saddlers at The Broadfield Stadium as they seek their first win in four meetings.

Many will feel Crawley are lacking in confidence following a 4-1 home defeat by Peterborough United and a 5-3 reverse at Notts County. Walsall may look good to steal at least a point and draw is on offer at 33/17.

However, expect a backlash. Scoring goals has not been a problem for the Red Devils (netting eight in their last four games) and a much-needed home win is on the cards at 83/50 (or 2.66).

Yeovil have won two of their last three meetings with Sheffield United, but the Blades may well steal the points in a low-scoring encounter at Bramhall Lane. It is worth noting that five of their previous six meetings have yielded less than three total goals. We like Nigel Clough’s side to bring home the bacon at odds of 20/29 (or 1.69).

A successful fiver treble of Rovers, Crawley and Sheffield United would return a total of £58.43.

Remember, you can claim your £10 Club Shop voucher when you sign up with Club Doncaster’s new betting service clubdoncaster.myclubbetting.co.uk (terms and conditions apply).

Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change.

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Doherty Delight at Dons Deal

Yesterday, 10:24 AM

Powerful centre Sam Doherty (above, left) has spoken of his delight at signing for Doncaster RLFC ahead of the new season.

The nineteen year old arrived at the Keepmoat Stadium in a busy week of transfer dealing for Paul Cooke.

“It feels good, I’m excited to get started and looking forward to it,” said the nineteen year old, who has also spent time in Australia playing in the well respected regional competition, Q Cup.

“Australia was brilliant, the weather helps, but it was physical and I got some time in the Q Cup, which was so fast I loved every minute of it.

“I played last year at Wakefield which was fun and a good environment before moving to Australia for a few months and now I’m looking to kick on.”

Doherty’s capture comes at a time when the Dons are looking to future.

“I want to play a lot of games in the Championship and help Doncaster towards the right end of the table at the end of the season.

“I like to run hard and tackle hard but want to learn how to be a better player and Doncaster is the best place at the moment for me to do that.”

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Hodson and Cunningham depart

20 October 2014 - 05:22 PM

Doncaster RLFC can confirm that centre Liam Cunningham and winger Tom Hodson have departed the club.

Both players played a key role in helping the club to a successful fourth place finish in the Kingstone Press Championship last season.

Cunningham made nine appearances in a Dons shirt scoring two tries.

Hodson has left to rejoin former club Huddersfield Rugby Union, who Doncaster signed him from in May. He had a very successful second spell with the Dons scoring 13 tries in 16 appearences, including a memorable effort at Whitehaven (above).

The club would like thank both players for their contribution to Doncaster RLFC and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Chief executive Carl Hall added: “Hopefully this won’t be the last time we see Tom Hodson in a Doncaster shirt.”

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Lottery Results (Week 43)

20 October 2014 - 11:49 AM

Lottery Results (Week 43)

Winning Number – 6559 

No Winner This Week 

Next weeks’ top prize £2000 


Four £50 Winners 

0196- J Brentnall- Carcroft         

1307- M Marshall- Doncaster      

1358- S Rickwood- Edlington 

8506- A Brown- Doncaster 


Eight £25 Winners 

9537- K Eldred- Gringle    

9423- S Smith- Armthorpe     

2889- G Parker- Scawthorpe 

0537- A Lankford- Doncaster    

7681- P Mills- Denaby 

1889- K Walker- Doncaster 

2239- P Lush- Doncaster 

3814- P May- Towcester


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