Championship preview: Halifax v York (Sun)

Halifax coach Karl Harrison is preparing to be without influential stand-off Scott Murrell for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with York City Knights.

Harrison’s men are four points off league leaders Featherstone Rovers and need a win to keep in touch with the top two.

But Harrison rates Murrell, who suffered a broken hand three weeks ago, as having only a 20 per cent chance of facing the Knights.

Harrison said: “It is all a question of how much pain Scott feels with the injury. We’ll assess him nearer the time.”

Matty Nicholson remains sidelined for York, but is edging closer to a return from shoulder surgery and could feature within the next three weeks.

James Ford (knee) is also missing as coach Gary Thornton aims to bounce back from last week’s 20-4 home defeat against Whitehaven.

Thornton said: “It was a very, very frustrating performance. We tried hard defensively, but we just couldn’t crack them open.”

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