Mowden’s chance to enter history books

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

ROSS DONEGHAN is urging his Darlington Mowden Park team-mates to write their names in the history books in their title-deciding clash with Macclesfield on Saturday.

Mowden host Macclesfield in their final SSE National League Two North clash of the season with everything to play for.

Macclesfield lead the way as they sit top of the table, but Doneghan and co are just four points behind with victory allbut guaranteeing them the title.

If Lady Luck is not on Mowden’s side then Macclesfield could still lose but pick up two bonus points and walk away as champions.

And with so many permutations, hooker Doneghan believes being crowned champions in an epic final-day battle would live long in the memory for some time.

“We have been trying to take every game as it comes and not talk about Macclesfield because the match would mean nothing if we didn’t beat Sheffield,” he said.

“It was a cup final against Sheffield Tigers last time out and it will be a cup final next week as well; we are looking for revenge for the start of the season and it will be a real scrap.

“I guess it’s nice that it has come full circle and we will just go and do our best.

“Games like this don’t come around very often so we have to make sure we enjoy it while it lasts.

“These are the games that stories are made from and people will talk about at our club for years to come.

“We have a special bunch of lads here and they have given their all this year and we will carry on doing that into the final match.

“It would be everything if we manage to win and would be a huge achievement for us.

Everyone has been fantastic this year and I think if we can climb the ladder then it will be a major event in the history of our club.”

Mowden set up this winnertakes- all clash thanks to a 69- 5 victory over Sheffield Tigers last weekend, running in ten tries including a hat-trick for No.8 Oliver Hodgson.

And Doneghan admits they didn’t want to let their foot off the pedal last time out, something they will be looking to do against Macclesfield this weekend too.

“Sheffield never lost their fight though and with ten minutes left I was still getting hit hard,” he added.

“But we could tell that there wasn’t much threat left in them but it was still the case that we didn’t want to get complacent.

“They are a dangerous side and have pushed big team really hard so we knew that if we gave them an inch then they would punish us and it will be much of the same against Macclesfield.”

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