Warmer weather should put a Spring in Eagles’ early season step

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SHEFFIELD Eagles hope the break in the icy weather will allow them to spread their wings and catch up on essential time on the pitch.

The players have been trapped into inside training in recent weeks and it showed in a halting performance in a 28-14 win at Workington Town in the season’s opening game.

“We need grass time and we haven’t had much in the last two weeks,” said coach Mark Aston.

“We’ve been inside too much and we know that. We need to expand what we do and work on the game plan. It’s the continuity of playing week in and week out that you want and hopefully now the bad weather is behind us we can get out on the field.”

The Eagles have potentially three sessions at Don Valley Stadium before they face Leigh Centurions in the second group game of the Northern Rail Cup on Sunday.

At Workington on a soft pitch it was the pack who gradually took control to set up the win.

Aston paid tribute to the hard work of hooker Andrew Henderson and forwards Jack Howison Liam Higgins and Joe Hirst.

“Hendo was great, he did 70 odd minutes, Jack was big and strong, Joe and Liam came off the bench and did well,” he said. “It was a good game to get over, it was touch and go whether it was on and we wouldn’t have liked to have had to come up to Cumbria in midweek.”

Doncaster’s opening game at Gateshead was one of six Rail Cup games postponed. The Dons now face having to fit in a testing midweek game before they face Eagles in the third round on February 26.

Steve Kittrick, first team manager of Blue Square North club Guiseley, has become a director of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.