Dons promotion hopes will go to the wire

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THE race for a top two spot in Championship One looks like being an exciting finish.

Keighley, three points clear in second place, are in pole position going into tomorrow’s games.

But Doncaster, Workington and Rochdale - only separated by points difference - are all hard on their heels.

With Keighley travelling up to Derwent Park to take on the Cumbrians, the situation could be even more tense with just two games to go tomorrow night.

“It’s a big weekend for a lot of the teams up there, but all we are concentrating on is our home game with Whitehaven,” said Dons boss Tony Miller.

The sixth-placed Cumbrians, three points adrift of the Dons, have probably left themselves too much to do to mount a top-two challenge but a top-three spot isn’t beyond them.

“But for the nine points they had deducted for going into administration last season whilst in the Championship, they would be up there challenging Swinton for the title,” said Miller.

“So we are expecting a tough game and it would be nice see a few new faces at the match and for them to really get behind the boys.”

Despite seeing his side suffer their biggest defeat of the season at Keighley in their last game a fortnight ago and picking up several injuries on the day, Miller is optimistic about the Dons’ prospects against a side which beat them 26-16 up at the Recreation Ground in April.

“They are a good side with a lot of good players and we are going to have to play well for 80 minutes to beat them,” he said.

“We’ve come up with what we feel is a good game-plan. It’s just a case of making sure that implement it on the day.

“It doesn’t matter how well you prepare it’s what you do on the day which counts.”

Fit-again stand-off Craig Fawcett could start for the first time in five weeks.