Hunslet Hawks: Eaton eyes strong finish to the Championship campaign

Barry Eaton.

Barry Eaton.

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THE WORST is over for Hunslet Hawks and now coach Barry Eaton says they can concentrate on a strong finish to the year.

Hawks travel to Doncaster tomorrow at the end of a tough week which has seen them beaten 68-6 and 72-6 by the Kingstone Press Championship’s best two sides, Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions.

The situation will be totally different tomorrow (2pm) when Hawks visit bottom club Doncaster, who have lost all their 20 games so far and Eaton said that is a more important game than the ones against the full-time big guns.

“No disrespect to the Bradford or Leigh games, but this is one we’ve targeted,” Eaton said.

“We have got to target the teams in and around us, like Doncaster.

“That’s no secret, it is a big game and an important one and we are 100 per cent focused on that.”

Hawks are on a seven-game losing run, but Eaton stressed: “We have got 10 left – three before the split and seven after it.

“None of those are going to be against top-four teams, therefore we are going to go into each of them prepared as best we can and prepared to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning.

“We’ve got 10 games left we feel are winnable. That doesn’t mean we didn’t want to win against Bradford or Leigh, but if we had it would have been one of the biggest shocks in recent years, never mind this season.”

Gary Thornton has previously coached Batley Bulldogs, Doncaster and York City Knights

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