Snowed-off Aston worried about Valley pitch

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COACH Mark Aston is determined to keep Sheffield Eagles charge at the top of the Championship going after the game at Hunslet Hawks was a victim of the weather.

The Eagles hopes of extending their six-match winning run were put on hold when yesterday’s game at South Leeds stadium was postponed.

“It’s a disappointment...we wanted go there and get the job done and take the three points,” said Aston.

“We are playing well and the lads want to be playing to keep the momentum we have built up going.

“It is a pretty tight programme in the next few weeks and having to fit another game in is not what you want.”

The game was called off after an inspection at lunchtime on Saturday because of snow on a pitch that had been under water earlier in the week.

No date has been set for the game to be played.

The Eagles will now focus on the Easter games with Doncaster at Don Valley Stadium on Friday – the first South Yorkshire derby in the league since 2009.

That is followed by a trip to Whitehaven on Monday.

Aston is keeping a watch on the unpredictable weather forecast, with his squad training being disrupted in the past week.

“We definitely need the weather to improve,” said Aston.

“Sheffield has had it pretty bad and the concern now is Don Valley and how it is holding up.

“It’s good to be playing derby games again and you want to be playing on a surface that helps exciting rugby.

“We could only train outside once last week and that’s not helping.

“The lads have worked really hard in the last few weeks and we’ll switch the focus on to the Doncaster game now.”