Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston has challenged his side to use their latest victory as a springboard he looks to lead them up the Kingstone Press Championship table.
With the Eagles now in a mid-season mini-break for the sixth round of the Challenge Cup, it gives director of rugby Mark Aston and his staff time to take stock of their season so far.
The last-gasp victory at Bawtry Road over Dewsbury Rams could prove a watershed moment for the Eagles, after a tough start to the season which threatened to cut them adrift of their end goal of a place in the division’s top four elite.
Now Aston is looking for his side to accelerate after a stop-start campaign, claiming the result last week has seen the Eagles start to lay the foundations for strong second half to the 2016 season.
“There are some foundations that have now been put in place,” the club boss told The Star.
“All we got to do is put the brickwork down and hopefully, one day, we can get to putting the roof on the top of the brickwork.”
The Eagles have now reached the half-way mark of the regular Championship campaign, with the recent victory over Dewsbury moving Aston’s side within four points of Halifax in fourth position.
After a break from action this weekend, they return for a third consecutive home game against rock bottom Workington Town.
Aston’s side have already beaten the Championship’s basement club in Cumbria earlier this season, and an expected victory could see the Eagles move within the cusp of the top four once again.
Aston isn’t getting carried away with the latest success, and is still looking for his troops to show the consistent form that saw them remain the top four for the entirety of last season.
Whilst he knows there is significant room for improvement, there is something to build on ahead the clash with Workington.
“There is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel now, we can really say that,” Aston continued.
“It still wasn’t great, we can’t get away from that.
“We’ve got to be honest about it but we will review and say, luckily we got away with it, with the last play of the game, with someone showing a bit of brilliance.
“We are not there yet but it will gives us some much needed confidence.”