Hunslet Hawks: Preparations being disrupted by stop-start nature of season says Eaton

Barry Eaton
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another break from league action is far from ideal for Hunslet Hawks coach Barry Eaton.

This weekend will be Hawks’ fourth without a Kingstone Press Championship One fixture since the start of May.

“It will equate to four games in eight weeks,” Eaton said. “Then we go to Oldham in two weeks’ time, so we have got to get our heads around that.

“We have probably been a little bit flat – or flatter – following a week off, so we need to make sure we address that this time. We have tried both ways – we have tried giving them a long weekend off and we trained right through last time. We will do a bit of bonding this week, we will have a lighter week and then we’ll increase the intensity the following week.”

The break will give Hawks’ walking wounded chance to get over injuries suffered in the 74-0 thrashing of South Wales Scorpions two days ago.

Eaton said: “Liam Mackay has a tight calf and we took him off as a precaution. Liam Hood didn’t train with us all week. He pulled his glute’ at Gateshead, but he got through the game fine. We pulled him off after about 55 minutes.

“We had some pull-outs on Friday night: James Coyle pulled out with a calf strain and Tom Coyle wasn’t available, so we need to monitor them.”

Baley try scorer Alex Rowe. PIC: Paul Butterfield

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