DONS winger Dean Colton is under no illusions about the size of the club’s task in tomorrow’s opening Northern Rail Cup Pool A clash at Featherstone.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” said the 28 year-old Scottish international who spent a season at the Post Office Road club several years ago.
“They finished top of the Championship last season and will one of the favourites to do so again. They will also be one of the fancied teams in the Northern Rail Cup.
“As I say, it will be a tough game but at least it will give us a good indication of where we are as a team,
“Obviously we’ll be going there looking to try and win the game.
“However, if we lost but still came away with a bonus point I think coach Tony Miller would be pleased with that.
“It will also be a hard game against Dewsbury, who are also a Championship club, but at least that is at home. We’ve also got Rochdale and London Skolars.
“Featherstone will be a big ask, but I think that we’ve got a chance in all the other three games.
“We want to reach the knock-out stages and to do that we’ll probably have to win three of our four pool games.”
The Dons will go into the game having being well beaten by a strong Hull side and having posted a 38-6 win over a Doncaster Amateur Select in their two warm-up games.
“I think that we are slowly getting there,” says the former Toll Bar amateur.
“We are improving every week in training and everything is coming together now; it’s just a case of getting the formation right.
“We are probably a bit behind where we’d like to be when it comes to ball work because of the bad weather, but I suppose most teams are in the same boat.
“The club kept about 60 per cent of last season’s squad and they seem to be quite a few good players in the people they’ve brought in and we are confident of challenging for a top-four spot when the Championship One campaign starts next month.”