Rugby league: Aston wants Eagles to stay on Cup track

Menzie Yere heads to the line to score against Barrow earlier this season
Menzie Yere heads to the line to score against Barrow earlier this season
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Sheffield Eagles aim to keep up the momentum that’s taken them on a victory run when they face Barrow Raiders in the Northern Rail Cup.

The Eagles have won their last six games in cup and league competitions and coach Mark Aston says there’s no chance of the team easing up.

“It’s not a problem,” he said. “This is a cup competition and players want to get to finals. That’s the motivation.

“We need to keep the momentum going and be consistent – that’s the way you win things.”

Victory over the Cumbrians would book the Eagles a second quarter-finals place with their name already in tomorrow’s draw for the last eight of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

Barrow have struggled since being promoted and lost 44-18 to the Eagles in the Championship a month ago.

But the Raiders desperately need the boost a win would give after it was revealed that their financial situation is ‘critical’ as they struggle to survive a month without a home game.

Aston said: “We won’t take any chances – Barrow were level 12-12 in the league game.

“I like them, they play well. They have some good players, Liam Harrison and Kurt Haggerty are two of the best back rowers in the competition.

“I like Nathan Mossop around dummy half and they’ve two good half-backs. They will be strong and try to take us on.

“They get in the arm wrestle and will be strong to start with then they fade which is a characteristic of teams when they make the jump up to this level.”

Meanwhile Aston has joined the club’s injury list following an operation on his left ankle to clear up problems left from his playing days.

He had surgery on Tuesday but went straight from hospital to join the players at training although he’s limping.

“It’s just wear and tear and I had the other (ankle) done 10 years ago but this has been giving me pain so I wanted it done,” Aston said.