Miller urges Doncaster to bring title home

BACK IN BLUE: Flying winger Tom Hodson has made a timely return from injury ahead of the Dons' trip to London Skolars.
BACK IN BLUE: Flying winger Tom Hodson has made a timely return from injury ahead of the Dons' trip to London Skolars.

TONY Miller has warned that the Dons’ potential title-winning trip to London Skolars is by no means a gimme, writes Liam Hoden.

Victory for Doncaster at the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre will hand them their first ever league title.

But to do so, they must overcome one of Championship One’s fiercest home records.

Only Workington and Barrow have triumphed on the Skolars’ turf this term.

And London have scored 161 points in their last three home games, the latest of which saw them beat fourth placed Whitehaven 41-26.

Miller (pictured) said: “It’s one of the most difficult places to go in this league and we’ll not be taking it lightly.

“Anyone thinking we can go down there and matters will take care of themselves is mistaken.

“It’s a very tight pitch, they’re a very big side and they play to their strengths.

“We’ll have to produce something top notch to win the game but the lads are definitely up for it.”

The fixture has significance for both sides with the Skolars needing victory to secure a play off place.

Oldham are just one point behind London in the standings and have a seemingly straightforward trip to Gateshead who have lost all their games so far this season.

Miller added: “This is an absolutely massive game because both sides have something to play for.

“They know they’ve got to win, we know we’ve got to win.

“But we’re determined to go there, do what is required and bring the title back to Doncaster.

“A first championship in 61 years is a big deal and the lads know that.”

The Dons’ cause has been boosted by the timely return to fitness of flying winger Tom Hodson.

The goal kicker was expected to be out until well into the play off stage after breaking his thumb but has been passed fit for Sunday’s trip.

Miller said: “Tom has been a massive player for us this season and it’s great to have him back again.”

One player certain to be pleased by Hodson’s return is Lee Waterman.

The two developed a productive partnership earlier this season that helped Waterman on his way to equalling the Dons’ tries for the season record.

Waterman will set a new club record should he score on Sunday.

The Dons have no new injury worries heading into the game with skipper Craig Robinson set to recover from a shoulder knock.

Kyle Kesik was rested against North Wales Crusaders due to a calf problem but is likely to return against the Skolars.