Beware the Dogs - Miles

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HALIFAX full back Miles Greenwood believes Sunday’s date at title-chasing Batley could be the club’s toughest away day of the year.

The 2010 Co-operative Championship champions have been superb at times on the road, winning at Leigh, Featherstone and Barrow this season.

But Greenwood reckons Karl Harrison’s Bulldogs at Mount Pleasant might just be the hardest nut of all to crack.

“It might be the most difficult, I think that 100 per cent,” said Greenwood.

“One because Batley are a really good team, and two because of the time it’s come.

“The club has had a difficult time, so it’s going to be a hard day.

“I think sometimes we feel there is a big black cloud over us, and the saga with the Super League licences is just the latest thing.

“But when you look around the changing room and see the players there, and then you think about the challenges we have overcome, not just this year but in the last couple of years, it really is inspiring.

“There is no reason why we cannot do it again, not just on Sunday but right through to the end of the year.”

Fax go into the game on the back of league wins against Toulouse and York, victories that have come despite early double-figure deficits on the scoreboard.

“I don’t think our starts help us - either the first half or second half - we are slow out of the blocks,” said Greenwood.

“No disrespect to York and Toulouse, but we’ve been able to give them a lead and then come back into it.

“But against good teams, you can’t do that.

“The teams that are higher up the ladder are there for a reason, and it’s something we are going to have to work on.

“Offensively, we have been okay in patches, but defensively, we’re not happy at all.

“We have to dig deeper, and try and find that extra 10 per cent.”

HALIFAX’S league fixture at York, originally scheduled for Sunday, August 21, has been brought forward to Thursday, August 18 for Sky TV.