Kingstone Press League One: Under-pressure Hunslet ready to turn heat up on top-eight rivals

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.
Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.
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THE PRESSURE is on Hunslet ahead of today’s game at London Skolars (3pm), but a win would turn up the heat on their rivals in the race for the ‘eight’.

Hunslet are ninth in Kingstone Press League One, behind Keighley Cougars on ‘for and against’ and two points adrift of Workington Town.

Defeat today would almost certainly condemn Hunslet to the Shield competition, but if they win they will go above Keighley who travel to Workington tomorrow.

“There’s a bit of pressure on us, with the way things are turning out,” Hunslet coach Gary Thornton conceded. “It is not an easy place to go and play. It’s an artificial pitch and not the biggest and their home form is pretty good so we are facing some challenges.

“But confidence is reasonably high and we played some good stuff at times against Coventry last week. There’s still a lot of improvement in us, but the mood in the camp is reasonably good and we are confident we can go there and win if we play well.”

All eyes would then be on the result in Cumbria, but Thornton, who was dismissed by Doncaster after a draw against Skolars earlier this year, insisted: “We don’t want to be relying on anybody else.

“There’s three games to go and three teams fighting for two spots. It could go down to the wire and to points difference, but we will just focus on our own game.”