Revenge mission ahead for thrice beaten Eagles

Alex Szostak is stopped in his tracks
Alex Szostak is stopped in his tracks

THE waiting is over for Sheffield Eagles as they go on a mission against Halifax tomorrow.

The second round Championship play-off game is the chance to avenge three defeats by Fax in the league and Northern Rail Cup.

Halifax hammered Eagles 50-18 early season but the last two games have been decided by a margin of four or less points and marred by controversial refereeing decisions.

“They beat us fair and square once and the other two we were robbed,” said coach Mark Aston.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a month. Players spoke after the last game at Halifax and I said: ‘Remember this - we’ll get another chance in the play-offs.’ We know how to beat them. We have to be disciplined because they have got flair with people all over the field who can play and score length of the field tries.”

Aston is set to make one change from the 17 that outclassed Batley in the opening knockout round with a recall for back row forward Alex Szostak.

Experienced referee Tim Roby will be in charge tomorrow at the Shay (1.30pm.)

Aston said: “Tim has been in the Super League of late and we hope he fetches that speed and tempo into the game. We train to play football not mess about and hopefully having Tim in charge will give us that.”

Halifax also have a incentive to win with Eagles beating them 50-12 at the same stage of the play-offs last season and going on to make the Grand Final. The winner will travel to Leigh in the elimination semi-final next Thursday after Featherstone Rovers booked their Grand Final place with a win over the Centurions.