Aston: a proud father and coach

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston has spoken of his “immense pride” as he watched his son Cory help the club to a record-breaking Challenge Cup win.

The 18-year-old played 80 minutes in the half-back role he took so many times for the Eagles and scored two tries in the 112-6 victory over Leigh East.

“Cory’s awlays had the dream to play professional rugby league for Sheffield Eagles. I’m immensely proud,” he said. “He needs maybe to put on a bit more meat because he got bounced off a couple of times by big guys but he did everything we asked with ball in hand. It’ll give him a lot of confidence to push on. He’s a bit quicker than I was and he’s got the hunger to go on so who knows what can happen in the future.”

Forwards Connor Scott and Colton Roche, both 19, produced big spells in the victory. Aston said: “Connor has played his second game in 16 months after his shoulder operation. I’m delighted that he scored a try and we kept him out there for 65 minutes. Colton has power and looked good. It’s been a dream to get the young lads in” he said.

Prop forward Ben Gledhill, on loan from Salford Reds,is out of Sunday’s home game against Barrow. The front rower will enter an early plea to a charge of punching in the win over Doncaster to earn a reduced one-match ban.