FAX coach Matt Calland praised his players for their incredible resolve and team spirit after they tore Leigh’s unbeaten Co-operative Championship record apart with a stunning 36-16 victory at the Sports Village last night.
Fax were rampant in a one-sided first half as evertything they tried seemed to turn into points with Rob Worrincy setting the standard as early as the fifth minute.
That lead was stretched to 32-6 by the interval as Fax finally showed the promise they have been hinting at for the past few weeks.
And it was a performance built on solid defence and no little flair as they ran out deserverd winners in front of a delighted coach.
“I am really pleased that we have come to a place like Leigh and come away with a victory,” said Calland.
“The first half was absolutely fantastic. We didn’t quite keep that performance going in the second half like we wanted, but that doesn’t matter because we have come away with the points and the victory.”
Calland found it difficult to single out any one of his players for praise, opting instead to highlight a towering defensive display.
“That is what we have been working on over the last few weeks and it worked well,” added Calland.
“Even when they sat on our line they couldn’t break us down. Alright, we conceded a scrappy late try which was disappointing but like I said, I am really pleased to have come away with a victory.”
Because Fax had worked so hard during the first 40 minutes, there was always the danger they might suffer for it in the second.
Instead they grew stronger and ran out deserved winners against a Leigh side who were made to look distinctly second best.
“We knew it was going to be tough second half. They were moving the ball all over the field and trying to get offloads away,” said Calland
“They suck you in out wide but I thought we handled it pretty well. They have been on a massive roll all season but I thought we beat them convincingly.
“It certainly sets us up for the games to come. We have a big game against Hunslet next week and an equally tough one at Featherstone which is never an easy place to go.
“But if we can continue the improvement we have been showing week on week then we shall be okay.”