HUNSLET HAWKS are prepared for a backlash when they face Doncaster at South Leeds Stadium tomorrow (2pm).
The Kingstone Press League One clash comes just over a month after Hawks beat Doncaster 48-6 on the same ground in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
The visitors are four places above Hunslet in the table and coach Matt Bramald is aware they will be out to set the record straight.
“We are under no illusions, we know they will be after some form of revenge, so It is a big one,” Bramald said. “Doncaster will be full of confidence having turned Barrow over last week. They’ve only lost one league game, but it is massive for us and we are going into it confident on the back of the Challenge Cup game against them and our last two league victories.”
Hawks have so far been unable to reproduce the form which took them through to the fifth round of the cup in their league games. “We have been scratchy,” Bramald admitted. “But we have shown in parts of games what we can do. Against Oxford last week, for short parts we blew them to pieces, but we need to be more consistent, especially with our ball control and execution. If we turn over as much ball as we did last week it will be difficult to get a foothold in the game.”
Hawks are ninth and Bramald stressed they need to start closing the gap on the early pacesetters.
He said: “The pressure’s on a bit, but we are just taking it week by week. If we do that the results will take care of themselves and we will climb the league ladder.”