Aston relaxed over Sheffield Eagles switch to Castle Park

Mark Aston is happy for Eagles  to play on the wide open spaces of Castle Park
Mark Aston is happy for Eagles to play on the wide open spaces of Castle Park

Moving to Castle Park will not have a detrimental effect on Sheffield Eagles’ play, says Director of Rugby Mark Aston.

The Eagles’ road show will move to the home of rugby union’s Doncaster Knights this Saturday (2pm), where Aston’s side will host struggling Whitehaven.

Since leaving Owlerton Stadium, Eagles have been repatriated in Doncaster at The Keepmoat Stadium which, on the field, has proved to be a huge success with just one ‘home’ defeat all season.

With the pitch at the home of Doncaster Rovers FC being readied for the new football season, both Eagles and Doncaster RL have switched to Castle Park.

Aston admits the temporary home can suit Eagles, likening the playing surface to the one that’s helped them to eight wins from nine at The Keepmoat Stadium.

“It’s a wide, firm ground which is big and has plenty of space for us and that is what we love. That’s the nice thing about the Keepmoat,” said Aston.

“This is a big Rugby Union pitch and we are looking forward to it. It’s like playing another away game but we are used to it now. We need to prepare correctly. It’s just another challenge for us and one we are up for.”

It is the second time Eagles have been forced elsewhere after hosting Hull FC at Bramall Lane in the Challenge Cup earlier in the campaign, but the home of the Blades is also off limits for pitch redevelopment.

Eagles have a six point cushion in their quest for a top four place and a crack at regaining their place in Super League. Whilst they hold all the cards on the chasing pack, Aston is still taking one game at a time as his side look to hold their nerve and avoid a tense finale to the regular season.

“We have seven games left and every time we take two points, it takes us a little closer to our objective of the top four. If we can keep that space I will be happy, as we prepare for another tough battle.”