NEWS | Coventry Bears match preview

NEWS | Coventry Bears match preview

7th March 2019

The Dons go up against fellow Betfred League One side Coventry Bears in the Challenge Cup third round on Friday night.

Richard Horne’s side go into the game on the back on an important 20-10 victory over promotion chasing Workington Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Bears tasted defeat for the first time in 2019 last weekend as they were beaten on the road at Keighley Cougars. Before that they had earnt back-to-back wins over West Wales Raiders and Newcastle Thunder.

Who’s the gaffer?

Tom Tsang is a highly rated young coach given the work done with Coventry since he arrived at the club. After adapting to the third tier, Tsang ensured that the Bears became more competitive last season and tested themselves against some of the best in the competition.

After beating early season favourites Newcastle already this season, Coventry and Tsang have given themselves a genuine belief that they can more than match anyone in Betfred League One.

Ones to watch 

Nathan Conroy 

The hooker joined the club ahead of the 2019 campaign after leaving Keighley. Still only 23, Conroy started his career with Bradford Bulls and played a couple of Super League games before going out on loan to Oxford and Dewsbury Rams. A permanent move to Dewsbury followed before his move to Cougar Park. After the financial troubles at Keighley, Conroy could prove to be an astute signing for the Bears.

Chris Barratt 

Barratt is the club’s longest serving player after agreeing a new deal at Butts Park Arena at the end of last season. The start of 2018 saw the forward suffer a broken leg which ruled him out long-term, but he returned to steady the Bears’ ship towards the end of the year. As the club captain, Barratt isn’t too far away from making his 100th appearance for the club, which shows his commitment to the cause.

Kameron Pearce-Paul 

The 22-year-old is a versatile outside back who is equally as comfortable in the centre position or on the wing. After coming through the ranks with current Super League side London Broncos in 2016, Pearce-Paul enjoyed loan spells with Hemel Stags, London Skolars and Oldham before moving to Coventry on a temporary basis in 2018. He impressed with eight tries in 24 appearances, and the move was made a permanent one ahead of the 2019 campaign.

Last time out 

Two tries from Connor Bower helped the Dons on their way to a 46-4 win over the bears at Butts Park Arena last August. The victory secured a league couble for Richard Horne’s side, after they beat Friday night’s opponents 70-10 on the opening day of the season.

Tickets for the game against Coventry in the Challenge Cup third round are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576, or at

NEWS | Coventry Bears match preview