Eaton said: “When I first joined the club we knew exactly where we were. We were totally starting from scratch and we’ve steadily built the club on the playing side of things.
“We suffered a major set back during the off-season with the administration, but we’ve got new directors in place doing their utmost to take the club forward. The club is on a good footing now.”
He added: “This is one of the most exciting games in the club’s recent history. We had the Co-operative Championship One Grand Final last year but this is up there.
“We’re delighted to be there and we’re delighted to have a home draw in a semi-final.
It’s good for the club and the loyal fans that we’ve got. Normally major semi–finals are on a neutral venue. To be having the opportunity to play in front of our own fans is a fantastic feeling.”
Greg Nicholson should return to Eaton’s line up after recovering from a rib problem.
On Widnes, Eaton said: “I’ve not seen much of them since we got a pasting off them in the first league game. They’re a good side and they’re probably favourites to win the competition. They beat Barrow in the quarter final, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Cullen said: “We are absolutely determined retain the Northern Rail Cup. This is undoubtedly the biggest game of the season so far.”