Vandals ready for a step up in quality in Trophy

Halifax Vandals face a step up in class when they head to Goole in the Silver Trophy tomorrow.

The east coast side were relegated from Yorkshire Two last season and are chasing Calderdale pacesetters Old Rishworthians towards the summit of Yorkshire Three.

That leaves Matt Farrar’s Yorkshire Four outfit facing an uphill task, although the Warley player-boss remains upbeat in the wake of last weekend’s 19-18 home win over Hornsea.

“They’re a Yorkshire Three side, but they’ll probably be back in Yorkshire Two next year and we’ll still be in Yorkshire Four,” said Farrar.

“There’s no doubt they’re a quality team, but we’re in a confident mood at the moment.

“It’s about the performance for us as much as the result; it’s a chance to test ourselves against a higher standard of opposition and we’re looking forward to it.”

Farrar doesn’t “remember anything” about last weekend’s league win, having been knocked out in the opening exchanges, an injury that will keep him out of tomorrow’s game.

“I’ll be missing this week and Craig Sim is out as well,” said Farrar, who also has a fitness doubt over prop and captain Andrew Murray, who faces a late check on a knee injury.

Danny Mitchell continues at hooker, although the imminent return of first choice rake Dan Friend, absent since the first game of the season with a broken hand, should finally solve one of Farrar’s longest running selection headaches.

“We’ve missed continuity in that position, because it’s such a crucial role,” said Farrar.