Newcastle Thunder v Hunslet: Coach Thornton urging Hunslet to take control earlier in games

HUNSLET'S ABILITY to fight back after going behind has pleased coach Gary Thornton, but it's a trait he doesn't want to see called upon too often.

Saturday, 28th April 2018, 5:15 am
Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.

The Parksiders will travel to Newcastle Thunder tomorrow (3pm) on the back of successive wins in Betfred League One, after trailing to both Oldham and Workington.

Thornton said: “Our fitness levels have been good, we’ve won the last two in the last 25 minutes and come from behind both times. I’d like to make sure we don’t have to do that, it would be nice to control a game from the start, but we have shown some durability and some togetherness. I’m delighted with the way we have responded, but I’d like us to start games a bit better and not give teams a start.”

Hunslet are seventh, one place and two points ahead of Newcastle and Thornton admitted tomorrow is a pivotal game. He said: “We’ve got three tough games coming up: Newcastle away, York at home and Doncaster away.

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“We can only look at the next one and it will be tough up there.

“Its an artificial pitch and it’ll be a different challenge for us. They are a good side and we will have to be at our best.”

Hunslet are without Mufaro Mvududu (knee injury) and Jack Blagbrough has been recalled by Leigh Centurions at the end of his one-month loan.

Danny Grimshaw, Nyle Flynn and Brad Foster are all nearing a return.