Ashall out to keep the pressure on Rovers

Craig Ashall
Craig Ashall

Halifax will be out to keep the pressure on Co-operative Championship leaders Featherstone when they host Swinton this Sunday.

That’s the verdict of Fax’s former Lions star Craig Ashall as the Shay side - who slipped two points behind at the top of the ladder after losing 24-4 to Rovers in their last league outing - prepare to return to league action.

“This is a big game for us,” said Ashall, who remains mindful that Fax needed a late solo score from prop Luke Ambler to seal a 24-18 win over Steve McCormack’s side back in May.

“It’s huge because we need to get back on track in the league after losing to Featherstone.

“We need to keep the pressure on them now.

“They’re certainly in the driving seat as far as finishing top goes, there’s no doubt about that.

“But we’ve seen already that there is the potential to lose games in this division and we need to keep ourselves in a position to take advantage of that if it happens.

“Swinton have shown us already that you can’t take it easy against them.

“The teams at the bottom can really push you if you’re not on your game.

“We found that out when we played them at Leigh and no one in our dressing room will be taking them lightly.”

Ashall expects Fax to be buoyant this weekend though after booking their place in the Northern Rail Cup final at Sheffield last Friday.

“It’s fantastic for the lads and it was a great effort in that second half,” said Ashall.

“For me, it’s another part of what up to now has been a great year.

“We need to kick on for the rest of the year now.”