Eagles aim for home play-off

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SHEFFIELD Eagles hope to set up an exciting end to the season when they return to Bramall Lane.

A ticket to the Championship play-offs has been booked but with three games to play the Eagles can still make third or fourth place.

To keep that hope alive they must prevent Batley Bulldogs getting even a losing bonus point when they meet on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

Even then the Eagles must win their final two games and hope Widnes lose their last two. The prize would be starting the play-offs with a home game.

“We’re running into a bit of form and we want to show the fans what we can do in the three games at Bramall Lane,” said coach Mark Aston. “We need to finish as high as we can in the league – even maybe get a home draw in the play-offs.”

It’s been 11 weeks since the Eagles last played at Sheffield United’s ground in which they’ve played eight and won four.

A remarkable comeback from 26-0 down to lose 34-26 at Barrow Raiders at the weekend earned the vital bonus point that ensured a top-six finish and a play-off place.

Aston said: “We got the point that we needed. The first 20 minutes we weren’t there but the positive is that the 60 minutes after that we were the best team and we scored 26 points to their 10 to the end of the game.

“When we got the ball we started to show what we are capable of and when we play like that we can test any team.”

Batley will certainly provide a test with the Bulldogs needing a win in their final game of the season to have a chance of holding on to the third place they have occupied for most of the season.

Eagles are facing a growing injury list with stand-off Quentin Laulu-Togagae joining forward Joe Hirst on the injury list, both with hamstring strains.