Halifax on their travels after tasting home glory

Old Crossleyans face a third successive test against a north east side tomorrow when they travel to Newcastle outfit Northern.

But after crushing wins over Durham and Darlington - who were thrashed by 70 points at Broomfield last weekend - skipper James Wainwright is tipping an altogether tougher test in tomorrow’s North East One encounter.

“Northern look one of the stronger teams in the league,” said Wainwright.

“They started really well, winning their first four, but they’ve lost their last couple.

“We know they’ll have targeted this as a win though, which should give us a bit of extra motivation.”

Crocs were rampant with the ball in hand last weekend, and while Wainwright acknowledges a different approach will be needed tomorrow, he believes that fluency could eventually tip the balance their way.

“We are dangerous when we have the ball and we are scoring points,” he said.

“The key is winning enough ball. If the forwards can do that, the backs are in good enough form to take the chances.”

Crocs will be without full back Joe Baker, with Leigh Thomas - an impressive replacement on the wing last week - slotting into the 15 shirt.

Halifax Vandals coach Matt Farrar will look for his side to learn the lessons of last week’s defeat at Mosborough when they host Old Otliensians in Yorkshire Four tomorrow.

Vandals lost out 36-34 last time out on a madcap afternoon that saw Farrar draw more positives than negatives.

“It was a crazy game really,” said Farrar, whose side were leading before a decision by half back Dan Murgatroyd to run a penalty - when a kick at goal would have given them a four-point lead - cost them.

“Dan was pretty upset afterwards, but we learn from these things.

“I’m not sure whether they wouldn’t have won it anyway to be honest; I always felt they had the edge.

“Otliensians are a decent side and we need to make home advantage count.”