HUNSLET HAWKS will travel to London Broncos tomorrow (3pm) with nothing to lose.
Hawks are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table, four points adrift of safety.
With his team missing their Leeds Rhinos dual-registration players and a host of injured first teamers, coach Barry Eaton admitted the odds are stacked against Hawks, but he insisted they are capable of pulling off a shock if they can maintain their standards for the whole game.
“Nobody expects us to win and everyone expects a backlash from London as well,” Eaton said.
“They lost last week after being 16-0 up at Whitehaven.
“We have got some injuries to contend with as well – we’ve got players out for the season and another four or five didn’t train at the start of the week.
“It is going to be a tough ask, it is a tough trip, but we’ve got nothing to lose.”
Hawks trailed 22-6 at half-time against in-form Workington, but scored 12 unanswered points after the break and Eaton said they need to carry on from where they left off.
“We probably deserved to win on balance,” Eaton said. “For large chunks of the game we looked like the better side.
“Three tries from kicks were the difference at the end of the day.
“We’re not far off. At the moment we are without James Duckworth, Luke Briscoe, Andy Kain and Danny Grimshaw, who has hardly played and came off injured after 20 minutes last week.
“Then add to that, we haven’t got Andy Yates, Jimmy Keinhorst, Josh Walters, Robbie Ward or Jordan Lilley, who aren’t available.
“That’s nine players and if you put them in our side it would have a different look to it.
“But it is is what it is. The players who have come in are certainly giving their all, so we can’t ask any more.”