Building for the future priority for strugglers

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BOTH TEAMS will be looking to finish the season on a high when Hunslet Hawks visit Batley Bulldogs in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield tomorrow (3pm).

Hawks are already doomed to relegation, while Batley are safe, but can’t qualify for the semi-finals.

“We haven’t really got anything to lose,” said Hunslet boss Barry Eaton.

“We are going to try and enjoy it and put in a good performance.

“It is important to try and finish with a win and we have set a small goal.

“It is not going to change anything, but if we beat Batley we will have won the same number of games as them.

“Points difference will mean we are relegated, but matching Batley’s wins would be a sort of achievement.”

Hawks have begun re-signing players for 2016 and Eaton is keen to go into the off-season on a positive note as he prepares for a promotion campaign in League One next year.

“We want to finish on a high,” he said.

“It will make things seem better if we can go out with a win.”

Bulldogs coach John Kear admitted finishing ahead of Hunslet on points is a motivation for tomorrow.

He said: “We don’t want to stay in the division on points difference, we want to do it on games won.

“It is the final game of the season and it’s chance to say farewell to the players who won’t be here next year.

“Also, we want to try and build for next season. We don’t want to sign off on a negative, we want to finish with a win.”