FORWARD MATT Nicholson’s return from injury was a major positive from Hunslet’s 56-24 win over Coventry Bears in Kingstone Press League One.
Nicholson, who has been coaching at Leeds amateur club Stanningley, left Doncaster last month to team up with Hunslet boss Gary Thornton, who he played under at York City Knights and the Dons. Thornton said: “He got his first game under his belt and he came through okay. It is always a worry when a player comes back from a recurring injury. He has had three knee reconstructions; most players would be thinking about packing in after that, but he did really well and, hopefully, he is good to go now for the rest of the year. He is a good player and he will be good for us.”
The success two days ago was Thornton’s first as Hunslet coach. He added: “You start to panic a bit after three losses on the bounce and start thinking ‘when’s it going to come’? But we did some good things and there were some good performances. There are still things we need to work on, we seem to have a sloppy period of 10-15 minutes every game.
“It didn’t hurt us too much against Coventry, but we need to sort that. In the middle part of the game we looked a bit fatigued, but we started and finished well.”
Hunslet’s main concern was a knee injury to forward Jake Normington.