Despite the absence of a few Key Players through injury Haven won their 11th game out of 12, defeating Doncaster 25 -20 in an entertaining game to maintain their Championship 1 promotion Challenge .
A confident Haven team started well and dominated most of the first half . Pressure was turned into points after 19 minutes when a slick pass from Steven Roper put Hard working prop Tommy Holland over by the posts, Crook added the extras 6- nil to Haven. The Haven continued to dominate both field position and possession but could crack a resolute Dons defence until a Crooks penalty on the half hour increased Havens Lead to 8 -nil, which was extended a few minutes later when Full back Jordan Burns took a great pass from Crooks to score a well taken try. Once again Crooks added the extras Haven 14 Dons 0 . With half time beckoning the Dons reduced the arrears with a converted try to make it 14-6 at the Half , a score line which really didn’t do justice to Havens domination in the first half .
Haven came out and continued in the same vein , Ropers Drop goal on 53 Minutes extended Havens lead to 15-6 . Shortly afterwards Burns scored his second snapping up a loose ball near the Dons sticks to score , Crooks again converted and Haven looked well in control of the game at 21-6 with 55 mins played . Four minutes later some good Haven forward play set up an attacking position for the ball to be passed quickly to the left and allow Jessie Joe Parker to find space wide out and score by the left corner flag. So on 60 Minutes Haven led 25-6 and looking as though they would go onto win this with something to spare.
Not so ; in the next 10 minutes Haven clocked off and with a combination of poor defence and indiscipline they allowed the Dons back into the game and score three trys , one of which was converted . This saw the Score line read Haven 25 Dons 20 with only 8 minutes on the clock . The visitors were sensing victory and the tension on the terraces was palpable.
However full marks to Carl Foster and his team who composed themselves and went about managing the remaining minutes in the game in way that didn’t allow the Dons another opportunity to threaten the Haven line , So ultimately time ran out and Haven gained another important two points .
Some nervous moments in the last quarter but overall Haven thoroughly deserved their win and maybe should have won more comfortably. The Dons for their part looked useful at times showed they will be a team who will feature in the end of season play offs and potentially this is not the last time this season that the Two teams will meet. If that happens don’t miss it! It should be a cracker !