Barrow Raiders v Hunslet Hawks: Victory could kick-start our season says coach Eaton

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A win at Barrow Raiders on Sunday (3pm) could turn Hunslet Hawks’ season around, coach Barry Eaton says.

Hawks are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship and have lost their last nine games.

But Barrow are just one place and a single point better off and Eaton said: “It is a big game.

“We’ve just not found a way to win over the last few weeks, but we’ve been doing really well for large chunks of the game.

“Barrow are probably in a similar situation. They are playing well for spells, but they are struggling to pick up wins, so it is going to be a tough, tight game.”

Time is running out in the battle against relegation, but Eaton remains confident Hawks can pull clear of danger.

He said: “We really need to pick a win up, but one win will probably kick start us and give us the extra 20 per cent confidence we need to turn close games into victory.”

Cumbria is traditionally a tough place for Yorkshire teams to win, but Eaton added: “We’ve said to the players, where would you rather go needing to win – Barrow away, or Halifax, Sheffield or Featherstone?

“There’s reasons why we’ve not won games. At Keighley we were just short of numbers in the forwards and last week (at Doncaster) we conceded a couple of soft tries, which was disappointing. But we’re not far away and we hope this week will be the game when we get it right.”

Luke Helliwell is set to return tomorrow after recovering from a torn hamstring and a migraine which affected him earlier in the week, but fellow half-back Danny Grimshaw (ankle ligaments) is “unlikely” to play. “Danny’s running action seems back to normal, but he’s still feeling a bit of a twinge, which is a concern to him,” Eaton said.

Ex-Leeds Rhinos academy, Keighley Cougars and East Leeds centre Jake Normington could make his debut.

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