Skolars are tough test, Miller warns Dons

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DONS boss Tony Miller is treating tomorrow’s Co-operative Championship One game against London Skolars as a potential banana skin.

Miller’s side beat Skolars in their Northern Rail Cup Pool B game at the Keepmoat Stadium last month but is refusing to underestimate the London outfit.

“We defended very well that day but I remember saying after the game that they will surprise some teams this season - especially at home where the pitch is narrow and normally a bit bumpy - because they are a lot better team,” said Miller.

“They drew with Championship club York in the Northern Rail Cup and they also gave Toulouse a good game.

“They were well beaten at Keighley last weekend in their opener, but I’m not reading too much into that and I’m sure that their coach will have them up for tomorrow’s game.

“I don’t want any of our players looking at the Keighley result and becoming complacent because if they think it’s going to be easy they are in for a big shock and I’ve spoken to them about that.

“It’s a long trip down there and we are not going to be able to throw the ball about like we do at the Keepmoat because of the pitch.

“I know every game is ultimately won in the forwards, but that will be especially so tomorrow. We’ve worked on one or two things, but we’ve got to go forward up front before we can do anything.”

Skolars’ James Anthony will be assessed by the club’s medics after missing last week’s game against Keighley.

London coach Joe Mbu is demanding an improved performance from his side, beaten 66-6 at Cougar Park.

Mbu said: “The players know they can’t afford to have any more of those games where we get beaten that heavily. It was an off day for us, and I hope we don’t have too many more off days.”