TONY Miller had written off the Dons’ title chances before they surprisingly took the box seat last weekend.
Victory over North Wales Crusaders coupled with the somewhat shock defeats for rivals Barrow and Workington Town left the Dons top of the pile heading into the final game of the season on September 2.
And now they know a win at London Skolars will see them win the club’s first ever league title.
But Miller admitted he never believed fate would put the title in the Dons’ own hands and had to pinch himself after hearing the scores elsewhere.
He said: “I admit that I’d written us off.
“I thought one of the other two might have slipped up on Sunday but my main priority was getting a home draw in the play offs.
“There was no way I could see how Workington could lose at Oldham.
“I never thought anything of it to be honest until Mike Kelly told me at half time it was 24-0 to Oldham and Barrow were losing at Rochdale.
“I wish he’d never told me.
“It was one of those where you convinced yourself one of them was going to come back but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
“I was watching our game but I couldn’t concentrate, my mind was on what was happening elsewhere.”
Miller has predicted nerves will be rife for the game with the Skolars but has backed his side to get the tough job done.
The delighted head coach praised his side for the record breaking season which secured a 100 per cent home record for the first time.
He said: “We’ve exceeded expectations that we had for ourselves and you’ve got to be pleased.
“Credit to the players because they’ve been magnificent all year.
“They deserve to be in a position where we might be able to win the league.
“It shows how far this club has come over the last three years that we’re in this position now.
“We’ve definitely been the most entertaining team this year.
“I knew we could be because we’ve got the players who could make it happen.
“I expected a bit more flair and guile this season but it’s turned out better than I could have imagined.
“We deserve the points difference we’ve racked up because of how we’ve played.”
Lee Waterman scored a brace of tries in the 48-12 win over the Crusaders to equal the club record for tries scored in a season.
Danny Cowling also scored twice with Chris Spurr, Carl Hughes, Craig Fawcett, Grant Edwards and Nathan Powley also on the scoresheet.
Miller said: “Lee really deserved that record because he’s been outstanding all season.
“I think he got a bit excited towards the end and bombed a couple of chances to break the record.
“But he should get another chance at London.”