Sheffield Eagles aim for revenge mission in Challenge Cup tie with Halifax

An early opportunity for redemption awaits Sheffield Eagles on Saturday (2pm) ahead of the Challenge Cup tie against Halifax.

Friday, 21st February 2020, 3:53 pm
Sheffield Eagles...Mark Aston....................Pic Steve Ellis

At the start of the month Mark Aston’s side were cruelly denied a victory on the Championship’s opening day, when they lost seven-point lead in the last six minutes of the contest at The Shay.

The Challenge Cup fourth round draw immediately offers Aston’s side an opportunity to set the record straight, as the Eagles looks for the financial boost of a run in a competition, which they famously won back in 1998.

He told The Star: “It is Challenge Cup week and that's exciting for everyone.

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“We have a tough gig against Halifax, they played Tuesday night, but it is about us. We were disappointed after presenting the game to them in round one with the late finish, so we need to put that right.

“We need to progress in the Challenge Cup, it will be tough but with Batley to come the week after it would be nice to have a few more people close to 100 per cent.”

Fax were defeated in their rearranged league clash with Dewsbury on Tuesday night, whilst the Eagles showed some signs of improvement with a strong second-half showing in defeat to Toulouse last weekend.

Aston continued: “We want to select from strength, we had 18 players to select from against Toulouse, with Isaac Farrell missing out.

“We've lost another couple; how many will we get back? We're down to the bare bones. But it is what it is and we’ll get through.”