SPORT MATTERS: Miller deserves success at Dons

Dons' coach Tony Miller in the stands. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' coach Tony Miller in the stands. Picture: Andrew Roe

IF there’s one sporting individual in Doncaster who deserves a bit of success it’s Dons head coach Tony Miller.

And he’s on the verge of getting exactly what he deserves!

Miller is not someone who lacks self-confidence or belief.

But during some of the Dons’ darkest days over the last few years - when the club came close to going under, the embarrassing Challenge Cup exit to amateur side Siddal last year - he must’ve been close to chucking the towel in.

Thankfully he didn’t.

And Doncaster, now sitting pretty in third in Co-operative Championship One, are reaping the rewards.

Miller was glowing in the press room after Sunday’s impressive 32-0 win over Gateshead - and I’m not just referring to his impressive tan.

He was quite rightly proud of the way his side had swept aside the determined North East outfit in a professional manner.

He was equally chuffed with his team’s six-game winning run, a sequence which makes them the country’s form side.

And he was talking up his men’s chances of not just finishing in the top four - but possibly challenging leaders Swinton Lions for the league title.

When the two sides meet on Friday night it will have a huge bearing on who finishes top of the pile.

And the Dons can look forward to some crunch games over the next few weeks when they face tricky trips to South Wales and Keighley.

But they can go there in very good heart - and in good hands.

Miller’s side now mirrors the principles that their coach values the most - they are hard working, passionate, and totally committed to a man.

But it’s the hard work of Miller which would be most deserving of a Dons promotion party this Autumn.

The going got tough for the Dons last year. Very tough.

But when the going got tough, Miller really got going.

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