HUNSLET HAWKS will keep battling to avoid the drop, but boss Barry Eaton admits injuries have had a big bearing on his side’s season.
Hawks are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table, on a run of 11 successive defeats and four points behind their nearest rivals, Whitehaven, with only six games left.
They play host to Workington Town tomorrow (3pm) and Eaton said: “They are all must-win games now, but if we can take enough of what we did well last week against Dewsbury and try and improve in a couple of key areas, we will give ourselves a good chance.
“If we can get a win it puts pressure on a couple of teams and will make for some interesting weeks ahead.”
Hawks were promoted last year and Eaton added: “We were realistic at the start of the year, we knew we might be in this position.
“We didn’t want to be, but we were prepared for it. The mood in the camp is good and we are still fighting, but it is tough and challenging because we have been without some key players.
“We’ve been without Andy Kain, Luke Briscoe and James Duckworth, who’s back in training now.
“Also people like Matthew Tebb, Brooke Broughton and Aston Wilson, who got hurt playing for Hemel (on dual-registration).
“It makes it difficult, but gives somebody else a chance to step up and become a hero.”