Knights - Richmond: The 2019 Unbeaten Run Continues

ickledot’s first Doncaster Knights fixture of the year and how refreshing it was to witness a win after a somewhat frustrating first half of the season, followed by a cup campaign which included three straight defeats at the hands of Yorkshire Carnegie. 

Joint effort as Doncaster’s Dougie Flockhart and Josh Tyrell effect a tackle

To be honest, I didn’t even bother telling you about their last game of 2018, partly due to New Year holiday commitments, partly because I’d so few pleasing shots of what was a third encounter with Carnegie in just over a month, but mainly as it was so disheartening to describe yet another defeat at the hands of our Yorkshire rivals. The bizarre festive shirts donned by the two sides hadn’t added to the aesthetics of the pictures either. 

Tom James touches down …

… and celebrations follow!

The turning of the year however has also marked a turn of fortune for the Knights. Two away wins at Hartpury and Coventry have raised morale and so hopes were high for this home encounter with Richmond. The away win at Coventry was particularly noteworthy as the Knights became only the second team to win there this season.

Dougie in full flight …

… and en route to his second try

Admittedly Richmond are having a tough campaign themselves, being only a place above bottom in the Championship. The Knights had enjoyed a comfortable 17-28 win at Richmond back in September so all this signs were positive. No fixture is easy though and for much of the first half the visitors were on the offensive.

Try bound: Lloyd Hayes with a second half score

Try bound: Lloyd Hayes with a second half score

However, as the official match report shows, the Knights self-belief and confidence had been boosted within the first ten minutes as winger Dougie Flockhart latched onto a kick forward and touched down wide on the right.  Turned out to be a real landmark game for him as he notched up no fewer than 24 points in the game with several kicks and a hat trick of tries.

A good haul of points with the boot, to boot!

Although Richmond managed to stem the flow of points and end the first half within a score of their hosts, the Knights really cut loose in the second forty. The final score was 34-7, a well deserved bonus point win to the delight of home supporters. On the photo front the seasonal murkiness was an irritant once more, and I was in a good position for only one of the tries, Dougie’s first. Still I was happy with a number of shots - see a few more of them over on Flickr.

Saving the best til last, though it was actually first. I don’t usually favour wide shots but I like this one showing an expectant crowd as Dougie catches the ball to score his and the team’s opening try.