Sunday 3rd February 2013  South Leeds Stadium  Kick Off: 15:00:00

Hunslet Hawks Squad

Barrow Raiders Squad

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Hawks' Eaton wary of Barrow threat

Hunslet Hawks coach Barry Eaton is warning his players to brace themselves for a huge challenge from newly promoted Barrow on Sunday.

The Raiders start life in the Championship with a trip to West Yorkshire to face the Hawks, and Eaton is convinced Barrow will be brimming with confidence.

Eaton said: "I've pogndered over the last couple of weeks whether it's the best or worst time to get a newly promoted team.

"They'll be enthusiastic and as mentally strong and tough as you'd expect at any point of the season. It's probably not the best time to play them, but the slight advantage in our favour is the fact we're at home."

Former Bradford junior Callum Windley is missing for Hunslet after suffering a double fractured cheekbone.

Barrow Raiders coach Darren Holt has a selection headache as the fitness of five forwards continues to be in doubt ahead of Sunday's match.

Ruairi McGoff, Nathan Mossop and Andrew Dawson all have knee problems, while Jamie Butler (wrist) and Jack Spencer (ankle) are also battling to be fit.

Holt said: "It's going to be tough picking this first squad. There are a lot of decisions to make."