Rugby league: Aston puts faith in experience to hold off the Raiders

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SHEFFIELD Eagles aim to blast back into the Championship race when they face Barrow Raiders tomorrow.

Coach Mark Aston knows that after a seven-game winning run in the league came to an end at Easter there can be no more slip-ups.

“This is a testing time for us, we need to get the momentum in the league going again,” he said.

“At Whitehaven we were very disappointing. We put some of the wrongs right last weekend in the Cup but this will be very different, it’s a Championship club with big fellas who will be out to challenge themselves against the champions.”

Aston will go for experience with a recall for hooker Andrew Henderson for the game at Don Valley Stadium, tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

Centre Tom Armstrong, winger Scott Turner plus experienced former Hull FC and Castleford prop Liam Higgins are pushing for a recall.

Aston added: “Everyone is in there for consideration. Tom and Scotty have been outstanding this season. We have to finalise our best 17.

“Liam Higgins has a chance and we could do with having a look at him but we’ll have to be sure he’s fit

Prop Mitch Stringer has forced his way into a possible surprise return with a rapid recovery from an ankle injury and is back in training this week.

Aston’s teenage son Cory, who made his debut in the record breaking Challenge Cup win over amateurs Leigh East and young prop Connor Scott will be back with the Academy and reserves squads.

Forwards Dario Esposito and Colton Roche will hope to hold on to their places. Ben Gledhill is out after picking up a one-match ban for fighting.