Troubled Fax face Barrow test

Troubled Halifax are hoping to end a traumatic week on a high note with victory over last year’s champions Barrow.

On Tuesday Halifax were disqualified from the 2010 Carnegie Challenge Cup and subsequently suspended coach Matt Calland.

A club statement said: “Members of the playing staff have indicated their intention to put this setback behind them, and to bounce back with victory over Barrow Raiders in Sunday’s Co-operative Championship match at The Shay.”

Barrow, who are still in the Carnegie Challenge Cup after victory over Hunslet last week, are aiming to keep the pressure on the top two in the Co-operative Championship.

James Coyle remains ruled out with a knee injury but he has received some good news after fears that his season was over were proven incorrect. He is now likely to miss the next six weeks.

James Nixon (broken arm) is a fortnight away from a return to competitive action, while coach Steve McCormack reported no new injuries following Sunday’s win over Hunslet.

McCormack said: “We have a tough trip to Halifax on Sunday and, although the cup run is fantastic, we have always said that the league is our priority.

“The Shay is always a tough place to go and we will have to step up our preparations for this week.”

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