Halifax: We won’t take Workington lightly

Halifax coach Richard Marshall says he won’t be understimating Workington Town this weekend.

Halifax won 23-14 at home to Dewsbury and Marshall said was pleased to follow their Challenge Cup win with a league victory.

“It was important for us against a decent Dewsbury team,” he said.

“We didn’t seal it until late on in the second half and we need to put some of these games to bed a little bit earlier, we needed to slog it out.

“We won’t be taking Workington lightly, far from it. I know Phil will have them pumped up like he did when we went up there earlier in the year.

“We’re building again, we’ve got a bit to do with our squad but I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at and confident and hopeful we can put in a good performance this week.”

Workington Town went down 52-16 at Bradford last week.

Coach Phil Veivers said: “For 14 minutes in the first half and 13 and a half minutes in the second half we didn’t see the ball. We had 25 sets in the game and they had 37. Basically we’re just sapping our energy with the amount of tackling we’re having to do and we were made to pay.

“It was a blow-out towards the end of the game but I thought that in patches we showed we could compete. It’s frustrating.

“Halifax have been going good, Richie’s got them playing some good footy. They’ve got some dominant forwards and a smart halfback in Scott Murrell.”

Hooker Callum Phillips and wing Chris Murphy are doubtful following head knocks. Second row Jarrard Stack is available and possibly wing Sam Forrester and loose forward Liam McAvoy.

 

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