11th September 2018, 19:55
Aston praises Eagles youngsters after Featherstone clash
Mark Aston was delighted with the effort of Sheffield Eagles’ young chargers against Featherstone Rovers on Friday night.
Four Eagles academy graduates took to the Olympic Legacy Park pitch while fellow youngsters Mike Weldon and Max Garcia came off the bench.
Blake Broadbent’s progression has been one of the main highlights of Sheffield’s Championship Shield campaign and the prop forward helped himself to two tries.
“I am pleased for some of the young guys, look at the bench tonight with 20 and 21-year-olds. Mike Weldon, Blake Broadbent with two tries – I don’t think his dad ever scored two in a match – and I’m pleased for him and then there’s Max Garcia and Paddy Burns too.
“Two of those came through our system and I am pleased with that.
“We have Cory Aston and Greg Burns who started (meaning) Sheffield Eagles played four players tonight who have come through their own system.
“And people asked whether it worked and was it successful? I am pleased in that aspect and I also thought some of the senior guys stood up as well.”
Broadbent opened the scoring on 26 minutes but Sheffield’s dominant start was extinguished courtesy of three Featherstone tries before the half-time interval.
The Rovers didn’t relinquish their lead for the remainder of the tie as Broadbent completed his brace in the dying embers.
“We got a start tonight, we started well with purpose and intent and it was probably our best start for a number of weeks,” Aston added.
“All the pressure was on them in that first 30 minutes but again we went away from the things we spoke about and they started causing us trouble through their back three.
“From being in control at 6-0 to 16-6 down at half-time was a little disappointing.
“We had a dig but we weren’t quite good enough.”
By Dan Fowler