Harrison’s changes pay dividends against Rams

Fax celebrate Ryan Fieldhouse's try

Fax celebrate Ryan Fieldhouse's try

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison said he will continue to rotate his squad as the Championship season builds to a crescendo.

Fax eased past Dewsbury 36-24 at the Shay yesterday and still trail second-placed Featherstone by two points in the race for second place and the £450,000 prize pot that goes with it, although Doncaster’s defeat by Sheffield in the South Yorkshire derby has given them a four-point buffer over Paul Cooke’s side.

Harrison omitted former England winger Peter Fox and in-form hooker Keith Holden, recalling Ryan Fieldhouse and Ben Kaye.

“We brought Ben back in for Keith, brought Pottsy in for Foxy; we need the whole squad fit and ready to play over these next few weeks and going into the play offs and they all know and understand that,” said Harrison, whose side led 18-6 at half time.

“Potts went well on the wing, Ben did well and Paul Mennell went well again; we’ve got some quality at hooker at the moment with those two and Keith playing so well and they all have different qualities.

“We went with Ben because Dewsbury tend to attack teams in that middle unit, but Keith will come into contention next week at North Wales because that’s a different game.

“We’re pretty healthy at the moment; everyone came through okay yesterday; Ambler and Adamson came off as a precaution, but they’re okay.”

Harrison’s side survived a tricky start against Glenn Morrison’s team, who dominated the early possession and took the lead through a Shane Grady try.

On a stop-start afternoon, there was plenty of post-match discussion of the match officials, with former Fax player turned referee Jamie Bloem on the receiving end from both bosses.

“It was frustrating game, both sets of players were frustrated, both coaching staffs were frustrated, the fans sounded frustrated,” said Harrison.

“I’m not saying anything else, just that everyone was frustrated.

“Dewsbury have got some good offensive players and they made it hard for us, but you could see that when we got the chance to play, we can play some good rugby league.

“They had eight of the first nine sets and that took something out of us early on, and some of that was down to some tough calls.

“We lost intensity at times, but overall it was pleasing and it’s another result that takes us nearer to where we want to be at the end of the year.”

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