Eagles’ late bursts not good enough for Aston

Mark Aston
Mark Aston

SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston wants his team to stop saving the best for the second half of games.

The team have relied on late shows to build up a three-game winning run.

They left it until the final 10 minutes before edging out Workington 28-24 at the weekend.

Aston says he didn’t blast the team at half-time but ‘pointed out’ the errors and demanded better.

“I told them we weren’t good enough and to get on with it,” he said. “I didn’t give them a rollicking at half-time but I did at the end of the game. You make your own luck and some of the Workington tries were a bit lucky but some of the tries were soft which is a disappointment – you can’t give four pointers away.

“The second half we stopped them scoring at all. It’s that inconsistency I don’t want and it’s down to the mental attitude of the players and they were very weak. I know it’s a long day travelling up to Workington but you have to cope with that.”

Eagles make their first appearance at Bramall Lane against York City Knights on Friday night.

Aston wants a positive approach and has warned his players to be on their guard after York nearly caused an upset by taking a 14 point lead over Halifax before going down 18-14 in the last round.

“We have to run into form at the right time because anyone can beat us if we carry on giving teams opportunities,” he said.

“We need to see an improvement. We need to be that bit better because we’ve got York this week who did well against Halifax.”