DONS boss Tony Miller believes the Championship One championship race could be thrown wide open if his charges can tame the Lions at The Willows on Friday.
“I thought that they were looking unassailable but they were beaten by second-placed Keighley at the weekend and they have lost their last two games.
“In a sense we could have done with Swinton beating Keighley (a result which would have seen the Dons go second) but if we want to win the league we needed them to get beat.
“Obviously we feel that we are in with a chance of finishing top but I think every team in the top six will be thinking like that.
“As well as Swinton we’ve got a lot of big games to play. We go to Keighley at the end of the month and we’ve got Whitehaven and Workington at home.
“It is in our hands though if we don’t beat Swinton this week I don’t think we’ll win the league. If we beat them then we give ourselves a chance so we really need to have a go on Friday.
“Having won our last six games we’ve got to be confident going into any game. We know it will be tough but if we can keep defending like we have been doing we’ll give ourselves a chance against any team.
Victory for the third-placed Dons by more than 12 points would see them join the Lions, who have a better points difference, in top spot.
Although Miller looked at bringing in a stand-off from a Super League club on loan as cover for Craig Fawcett, who injured a knee in the win at Rochdale ten days ago, he hinted that he might continue with hooker Kyle Kesik in the role.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “If Craig is only going to be out for another two or three weeks, we might struggle on.
“I thought Kyle did pretty well at scrum-half in the first game he’s started for us there,” he said Miller.