Eagles set to give kids a chance

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Youth is set to get the call as coach Mark Aston attempts to inject more spark into a faltering Sheffield Eagles team.

“We need to get a bit of enthusiasm,” he said. “Let’s get in some of the players who will do what I ask them to do and let’s play them. If they are kids, fine. I can handle that if they make mistakes.”

Senior players could pay the price following a 36-22 defeat by Featherstone Rovers- the third in four home league games since the return to Owlerton.

Aston is concerned about the lack of urgency in the team after a two-try lead slipped away in the second half.

He said: “What we did in that second half wasn’t acceptable. Ten minutes to go there was a scrum and we walked to it although we were losing the game.

“ We get a play in their half with six minutes to go but we did nothing, took the ball into touch.”

The Eagles stay in fifth place in the league but they can’t afford to lose more ground when they travel to Batley Bulldogs on Sunday.

Aston has options with an increasing number of squad players coming back from injuries.

Prop Eddie Battye played his first game of the season for the Under-20s, scoring two tries in a 34-26 win over Halifax last weekend. Half-back Cory Aston and centre Shaun Squires, who also scored two tries, played in that game.

Forward Connor Scott and centre Corey Hanson, who have played in the first team this season were in the Hallam Eagles team that beat Leicester Storm 40-12.

“The kids who played at the weekend were great. Eddie Battye came back from six or seven months out will be in contention for Batley,” Aston said.

“Two times we have been in a position to win a nd given it away.”