Tiff Eden's boot proved decisive in a close fought game
at Castle Park as Nottingham made it back to back wins, beating
Doncaster Knights 28-25.
By contrast Knights' Dougie Flockhart had an off day, missing
five out of seven kicks.
The win kesps Nottingham in the top four but with Rotherham
Titans gaining a bonus point in their win at Moseley on Friday
evening the gap between the two is now just one point.
The Green and Whites started well, forcing an early penalty for
Eden to open the scoring as the home defence struggled to stay
Although a yellow card for Ed Styles, for a deliberate knock on,
saw them reduced to 14 men a few minutes later they stretched their
lead when the pack drove Tom Calladine over the line from a close
But the home side began to make their numerical advantage count
and after a prolonged spell of pressure they moved the ball infield
following a strong drive, winger Tyson Lewis breaking through to
send scrum half Tom Palu in for a try which Flockhart converted to
make it 7-8 five minutes before the break.
A high tackle on Shaun Malton gave Eden his second penalty of
the day to make it 7-11 at half time.
A better start to the second half from the home side saw them
sneak ahead with a pushover from a lineout, skipper Michael Hills
getting the touchdown.
Pressure from Nottingham saw the home defence struggle and after
four successive penalties the referee sent Hills to the sin-bin,
and they immediately paid for it as the Nottingham pack drove
Calladine over for his second of the day, Eden converting for a
Knights reduced the deficit with a Flockhart penalty but then a
second yellow card, this time for replacement Brad Field, briefly
saw them down to 13 before Hills returned to the action. Eden's
kick from the incident that brought Field's yellow card made it
The home side should have taken the lead as the pack drove over
the line only to somehow drop the ball before Fosita did break
through for a try, but again Flockhart was off target leaving them
a point behind.
But they made a mess of securing the restart kick and Billy
Robinson raced through for a try, Eden making it 20-28 with the
The home side threw everything into attack and finally got a try
through Flockhart, taking a well-timed pass from Paul Jarvis, but
he could not add the conversion.