Hunslet: Hawks’ seven-minute slip is par for the course

Barry Eaton
Barry Eaton
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HUNSLET HAWKS’ latest defeat matched their season, coach Barry Eaton says.

Hawks suffered their 12th successive loss when they went down 22-18 at home to Workington Town in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, after trailing 22-6 at the break.

Eaton said: “It was even-stevens for the first 30 minutes, nip and tuck, but then we conceded three tries in seven minutes, either through sloppy ruck defence or them feeding off scraps.

“That made it an unbalanced scoreline, we certainly weren’t 22-6 worse than them and they had a bit of fortune, but we were outstanding in the second half.

“We didn’t concede a point and we got it back to 22-18.

“We had three or four great chances to win the game and I don’t know if it is lack of confidence, but we just didn’t quite take those chances and ended up narrowly losing out again.”

Injuries to key players have also been a feature of Hawks’ season and Eaton added: “Danny Grimshaw’s got a groin problem. Since he came back he’s been having injury after injury.

“It is frustrating the life out of him and us because he is a potential match-winner. Losing him after 20 minutes is definitely going to hurt, especially with the players we’ve already lost.”