Hawks can beat the drop says Eaton

Barry Eaton
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survival in the Kingstone Press Championship is still within Hunslet Hawks’ grasp, coach Barry Eaton reckons.

The 30-6 home loss to Workington two days ago left Hawks second from bottom in the table going into the Championship Shield fixtures. Points carry over from the regular season and the bottom two at the end of the next seven rounds will be relegated. Hunslet are four points behind third-bottom Whitehaven, but Eaton said: “We know who we’re playing and we’ve played well in games, or chunks of games, against all of them. We’re playing Featherstone and we’ve had two outstanding games against them, we’ve beaten Dewsbury and individual errors cost us against Batley the other week, but we played a lot of good stuff. We’ve had two good performances against London and fallen away at the end and we have beaten Workington and Whitehaven. It’s not an impossible task, it is a big one, but it is one that is do-able.”

Eaton felt Hawks played well in the opening half an hour against Workington and should have been 18-0 up, only to twice drop the ball over their opponents’ line. He said: “It was tough having had such a grasp on the game, but individual mistakes cost us dearly.”

Danny Grimshaw missed the game after suffering a hamstring problem shortly before kick-off.