Hunslet boss Gary Thornton let down by display at Whitehaven

Jimmy Watson.

FOUR INJURIES have added to Hunslet’s woes after their costly 46-10 loss at Whitehaven.

The Parksiders dropped to seventh in Betfred League One and lost full-back Jimmy Watson to an ankle injury which is expected to end his season.

Gary Thornton.

Coach Gary Thornton said: “We lost him in the second set.

“We thought he had broken his ankle. He has had it x-rayed and there’s nothing broken, but it is very, very badly sprained.

“There’s some pretty serious ligament damage so I doubt we’ll see him again this season – it is a grade two sprain which is six to eight weeks, but we will see how it settles down.”

Hunslet were reduced to 15 available players when Lewis Reed aggravated a persistent hamstring problem in the next set and Mufaro Mvududu (calf) and Nyle Flynn (ankle) also suffered knocks.

If we win our remaining two we will give ourselves a chance because Whitehaven have to go to York and Oldham [who are fifth] play Bradford.

Gary Thornton

The League One leaders will be promoted automatically with the teams from second to fifth playing-off for the other place in next year’s Championship. Even if a proposal to promote the top two and expand the semi-finals to the sixth-placed side are approved, Hunslet are currently out of the play-off zone.

Thornton felt his team let themselves down against Whitehaven who have gone above them on points difference. He said: “People afterwards were saying it is the best Whitehaven have played for a number of weeks, but it looked like it meant more to them which is disappointing because it was a huge game for both clubs.

“We should have been good enough to win the game, but we never really got a grip of it. We are still not out of it, but we are relying on other results going our way.

“If we win our remaining two we will give ourselves a chance because Whitehaven have to go to York and Oldham [who are fifth] play Bradford.

“If we win two out of two and they lose one we still have a chance of the top-five, but we are not making it easy for ourselves.”

Hunslet host Newcastle Thunder on Sunday and complete their league campaign away to Coventry Bears.

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