Rugby league: Aston appeals to Eagles fans for cup support

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Sheffield Eagles’ boss Mark Aston has appealed for fans to come out in force today and help the team book a place in the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

The Eagles face Championship rivals Dewsbury Rams in a rare Saturday outing at Don Valley Stadium, kick off 3pm.

Early round Challenge Cup games have produced poor crowds in recent seasons but Aston has appealed for fans to help boost the team.

He said: ““This is going to be a tough game that place in the fifth round is important. We can expect Dewsbury to have a real go at us. They have some big forwards and they will try to bully us a bit

““We need our supporters to help us get through to the next round. Who knows what tie we could get then?” he said. “We’ve played Wigan, St Helens and Catalans in the last few years.””

The ‘all pay’ rule for most categories of supporters has been a factor in hitting attendances with the Eagles only attracting 333 in the last round when they played an amateur team. Dewsbury had 404 at their home game.

Eagles’ captain Jack Howieson is set to return to lead the team and winger Scott Turner and prop Liam Higgins are in for a recall.

Dewsbury have agreed to former Doncaster half-back Scott Spavin’s request to cancel his contract. The player has had problems travelling from his home in Hull.