The Knights make the trip south to face Bedford Blues looking to push up the Championship table on Saturday.
Doncaster exited the Championship Cup last Friday in a manner Charlie Foley was frustrated with.
” Frustration is probably the key word. It was a difficult night to play, but i thought we managed the conditions well in the first half and put ourselves in a good position to go on and win the game. But we came out and didn’t really perform in the second half.”
The 28-year-old knows what to expect from facing Bedford at home and enjoys playing in the games with more riding on them in terms of the league table.
“They’re a good side, they had a difficult start to the season but seemed to have turned the corner. They’re always tough to play, especially at their own ground. Everyone knows about the slope and the conditions.
The good thing about the league this season is that every game is massive. Newcastle, Ealing and Cornish are way out at the top , but everyone else is competing week in and week out. You can move three places up or down the league depending on a result.”
The Knights have beaten every side currently 6th and below in the league this season. Last gaps wins over Nottingham and London Scottish have given Charlie confidence that the side can get the result once again against a club just two points below them.
“The fact that we’ve won some close games particularly when we haven’t performed too well and we’ve snatched the win, when maybe on another day we would’ve lost. So we can take confidence from that, but our performance is going to be main thing going down to Bedford on Saturday.”
Charlie Foley could make his 50th appearance for the club this weekend in the Championship Cup clash with Jersey Reds.
The back joined in the summer of 2017 from Rotherham Titans and has been a consistent member of squad ever since.
“I am proud of the achievement and I have really enjoyed my time over the past two and a half seasons, obviously it is always more important how the team go, but it is quite nice to get an individual landmark.”
“There is possible a few performances that tend to stick out over the years, the one against Ealing at home a couple of years ago was great and some big away wins last season. Just generally I think I have enjoyed my time so far and I am looking forward to what is to come.”
This weekend the Knights face the Jersey Reds, who got the better of Doncaster the last time the two sides met at the Stade Santander International in October. The 28-year-old is aiming for an improved performance and hopes to claim a vital victory as the side look to gain qualification from the group stage.
We weren’t very happy with the way we played last time, we left a lot out on the pitch especially in the first half so you could say there is a score to settle, but we beat them a couple of weeks before that in the cup so we are just looking to get back to winning ways.”
“It would be great, but not so much for my 50th but because the last couple of weeks we haven’t performed how we want to, so it is important to get back on track.”
Charlie Foley is pleased the Knights will be starting the 2019/20 campaign at Castle Park in an ‘exciting fixture’ with Hartpury on the 21st September.
“It’s always nice to win at home and doing that at home would make it even better, Hartpury are a good side, we had some good games against them last season, particularly the home game actually, we left it very late to win.
I think starting the season at home is always a good way to start.”
The 28-year-old has been impressed with his fellow Knights during pre-season as the squad build on their fitness ready for the first friendly next month.
“Yes it’s been good so far, we’ve had a bit of down time which was needed last week and we’ve come back in and finished the yo-yo test which isn’t always the most fun but so far so good.
I think at the minute, it is about focusing on fitness and skills, we’ll start to bring a bit more rugby into things as the weeks go on, but the boys are looking sharp and like I said we have just re-tested and from what I know we’ve done fairly well.”
Doncaster travel to Wales for a training camp in August, with a friendly organised with Welsh Premiership side Bridgend Ravens as the Knights look to begin the pre-season games with a victory.
Charlie believes the match is a driving factor to continue the hard work with the trip across the Severn Bridge now only three weeks away.
“Everyone looks forward to playing games ultimately, it seems such a long way away when you first come back for pre-season in June, but now the first game is on the horizon and we can really start to look forward to it.”