Wounded Lions pose threat to winning run

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DONCASTER’S six-match winning sequence faces its toughest test in Friday’s Championship One clash against leaders Swinton at the Willows.

“The Lions are a good side so it will be a tough game for us,” said utility forward Mike Emmett.

“A couple of weeks ago they looked in an unassailable position.

“But they have lost their last two games, albeit against teams who are also up there, so we might be catching them at the right time.

“As I say, it will be a tough game because they’ll want to get back on track. They haven’t suddenly become a bad team overnight. Every team goes through different stages in a season.

“We set off like a house on fire and we won our first three but then lost the next five despite not playing badly.

“But we knew that we could turn the corner because of how we’d started off and how we played against Super League Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for an hour in the Challenge Cup.

“This month was always going to be a tough period for us with four away games out of five and three of those against sides who were in front of us at the end of June. The win at Rochdale at the start of the month was a massive confidence-booster and Sunday’s victory over Gateshead saw us go third.

“We’ve picked up a few injuries but we’ve got a decent squad and provided that we don’t pick up any in the next fortnight we should be okay.”