As­ton shines on re­turn to Ea­gles

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: A Cory As­ton-inspired Sh­effield Ea­gles notched a 38-22 vic­tory over Bar­row Raiders at the Summer Bash.

The half-back, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance af­ter re­turn­ing on a one month loan from Castle­ford Tigers, bagged a hat-trick and kicked eight points as he guided his side to their first win in four at Black­pool’s Bloom­field Road.

The Ea­gles pro­duced a stir­ring sec­ond stanza to over­turn a first-half deficit, with Mark As­ton’s side bol­stered with the re­turn of Matty Lees, Josh Toole and Os­car Thomas along­side new sign­ing Mike Wel­don.

As­ton’s re­turn paid instant div­i­dends when he darted through for the open­ing try on five min­utes, and the half-back con­verted his own try to give the Ea­gles the early ad­van­tage.

An As­ton penalty put Ea­gles eight points clear be­fore Bar­row fought back to lead at the break through con­verted tries by Shane Toal and Jar­rod Stack.

The sec­ond pe­riod was all Ea­gles, and As­ton in par­tic­u­lar who pinched his sec­ond try when Corey Make­lim’s grub­ber kicked up off the turf, hit the cross­bar, be­fore land­ing into the grasp of the loa­nee who touched down be­fore con­vert­ing.

Again As­ton was in­volved, helped by a pass from Matty Costello, to al­low Men­zie Yere over for his first try of the sea­son.

The Ea­gles kept their foot on the gas and a short ball from As­ton was set per­fect for Toole to crash over the white­wash, be­fore As­ton com­pleted his hat­trick af­ter be­ing fed by Matty Fozard.

The game was all but se­cured when As­ton’s deep kick was col­lected by Ryan Field­house, and as he at­tempted to get back into play he spilled the ball, al­low­ing Jake Sped­ding a con­verted try.

As­ton’s side were given a late scare af­ter tries from Jamie Dal­limore and Gene Ormsby, but Make­lim’s 77th minute con­verted try sealed the points.

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