18th June 2018, 15:30
Mixed feelings for Aston after Batley win
Sheffield Eagles chief Mark Aston says his side were ‘scratchy and indisciplined’ despite beating Batley Bulldogs 38-20 at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
The South Yorkshire side moved four points clear of the Championship relegation zone as they bounced back from a bitter loss against Swinton Lions.
It was a good response from the Eagles, who outscored Batley six tries to three, but Aston is looking for more improvements from his chargers.
“To come to Batley and score 38 points is pretty good but I’m a bit disappointed with the performance if I’m honest,” he said.
“Last week in the first 20/30 minutes, I thought we were good against Swinton.
“Today we were scratchy and indisciplined.
“It started from early on with people flicking the ball out everywhere and anywhere.
“We never got going.
“(Adam) Swift showed a bit of class, we got a couple of interceptions.
“The luck was certainly favouring us today but we never got going with our performance as far as I’m concerned.
“To come away with the result, which is the be all and end all, drags Batley into it (relegation fight).
“We are up to ten points and have jumped above Dewsbury.
“Barrow were beaten so it drags them back in.
“There’s a few more teams back in the mire which is pleasing for us.
“I believed we could come here and win.
“I’d love for us to play a full 80-minutes with intent and purpose, then we could push anybody.”
All three of Batley’s tries came from dummy-half and this was a main complaint from Aston’s perspective.
“Quite a bit of our defence was alright but we let three tries in from less than five metres out,” the Eagles DoR added.
“That annoys me as we spoke about Jimmy Davey coming on and they also had a couple of tries disallowed.
“There was that little bit of softness in us and hopefully we can regroup this week, train on Tuesday and Thursday, and get a good performance in (against Featherstone)."
By Dan Fowler, photo by Simon Hall