DONCASTER DONS: Winger Stu Sanderson will feel ‘at home’ in Cumbria

Important game: Stu Sanderson is looking forward to playing in his native Cumbria.             PICTURE: dean atkins

Important game: Stu Sanderson is looking forward to playing in his native Cumbria. PICTURE: dean atkins

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DONS’ winger Stu Sanderson is probably looking forward to Sunday’s testing Championship One clash against third-placed Workington Town at Derwent Park more than his team-mates.

Sanderson hails from nearby Whitehaven and Sunday’s encounter will give him the chance to link up with family and friends after the game.

“I love my family to come and watch me play - they don’t get much chance with Doncaster being such a long way away - so I’m looking forward to them being there and hopefully we’ll come up with a win on the day,” he told The Star.

“But we know it is going to be tough; it always is up in Cumbria. I think one of the reasons why a lot of teams struggle up there is the travelling. If you can arrive feeling fresh after the coach journey then you’ve got a better chance on the day.

“But all three Cumbrian teams are strong this season. We suffered our only defeat in the league this season up at Barrow so we know we are going to have to play well to beat Workington.

“They’ve got a big pack so we’ve got to get on top in the forward exchanges if we are to win the game. The fact that the pitch at Derwent Park is very tight makes it even more imperative that you win the forward battle. There isn’t the space out wide, like the Keepmoat Stadium, to play an expansive game and you generally get more forward-dominated games.

“I certainly think it will be a tighter game and the weather can have more of an influence than at the Keepmoat with the ground being more open to the elements. But we’ll be going up there in a confident mood following the big win over Oldham, who won up at Workington earlier in the season, and if we defend well we know that we can score tries.

“However, we are going to have to play well for the full 80 minutes.

“It’s a very important game for both sides because we are four points clear of Workington but we’ve played a game more. Were we to win by more than 12 points on Sunday then we’d still be four clear even if they won their game in hand. They’ve also to come to the Keepmoat, where we’ve been playing really well and scoring a lot of points this season. We’d certainly be in a strong position but there is still a long way to go and some tough games to play.”