Sheffield Eagles boss happy after his side overcomes stiff test

Eagles' Mark Aston
Eagles' Mark Aston
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It was the performance that Eagles’ Director Mark Aston was looking for and his side saved it for what was expected to be their toughest assignment so far.

Despite recording six straight Championship victories prior to their trip to Featherstone Rovers, Aston’s side were still looking to hit top form with the Eagles’ chief warning his side a defeat was just around the corner if performances didn’t improve. The trip to Post Office Road had many fearing that the Eagles might finally meet their match against a strong Featherstone outfit, but Aston’s side produced a stunning display.

“From minute one to minute 80 we were outstanding,” beamed Aston. “We scored almost with the first touch of the ball and then with the last touch. I was immensely proud of the team, I’ve been hard on them recently and I’ve given them some stick over the past six or seven games, but against Featherstone they showed what a class team they are, and we only conceded four points.

“We know we can play; we have some good footballers. The consistency in our defence has been really good but we are now starting to flow with the ball.”

The performance showed that Aston’s side might now be starting to hit their peak with league leaders Leigh Centurions the visitors to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday (4.15pm). “We have had a tough week with three games in quick succession” Aston added. “We will come off them a little bit now and then we will start building up to what is another massive game now on Sunday.”

Leigh will come to The Keepmoat with a two point advantage over Aston’s side in the table with both sides, along with Bradford Bulls, setting the early pace. The Centurions are still unbeaten this season after recording their eighth consecutive league victory after a 54-6 thumping of Workington Town on Bank Holiday Monday.