Sheffield Eagles’ nail-biting win over Workington Town has left coach Mark Aston a little greyer but hopeful.
His team let a 12-point lead evaporate before storming back to snatch a 37-30 win in the final two minutes.
“Hopefully this will help get us back. I’m a year older and I’m a touch greyer after that performance” he said.
“We’re the dumbest team in the competition and I’ve been telling the players that for a while. It showed again, we were winning the game and just switched off and could have lost it.”
Crucially it was only the second win in the league at Owlerton after a run of home defeats stretching back to March.
Aston hopes it will banish the fears over the switch from Don Valley this season and set his team up for a strong second half to the season.
“The most important thing is they won but they had it won, then ‘lost it’ and won it again. We need that to get that monkey off our back about playing at Owlerton” he said.
Aston made changes and was rewarded with Patch Walker impressive after his recall at stand-off and prop Ben Jones strong on his return after three months out with a foot injury. “Patch did some lovely things with the ball at the start of the second half. He did what we know he is capable of doing,” he said.
“Mitch Stringer did 80 minutes which is credit to him and Ben Jones was in there. Matt Garside and Michael Knowles were strong. They needed to be Workington are not a bad team.”
Aston added: “We have to build on this, go to Dewsbury next weekend and be a lot better. We gave Workington a try in the first half and we gave them a few in the second. The stats from when Misi Taulapapa got sin binned are 20 sets and we only had five with ball in hand and defended 15 – that kills you.
“It’s frustrating because the players have been disrespectful to the back-room staff. You work hard every training session to get what you want then somebody does what they want to do.”