Brown ruled out for Fax, Holden gets call up

Simon Brown
Simon Brown

Halifax half back Simon Brown is out of Thursday night’s Championship derby against Keighley at the Shay (8.0).

Brown, the former Sheffield player, injured his thumb during last weekend’s win over his old club at Owlerton Stadium.

“Simon’s thumb is very sore and pretty swollen up,” confirmed Fax boss Karl Harrison, who will nevertheless keep the same system that served Fax so well in the 32-14 win over the Eagles.

“There’s no fracture, but there’s no way he can play this week.

“We’ll line up the same way, but we’ll move Paul Mennell to start in the halves and bring Keith Holden in on the bench alongside Ben Johnston.

“We’ve started with two pivots on the bench for the last two games and there’s no reason to change that.

“It allows us to play a bit tougher early on, then speed the game up when we’ve taken some energy out of the opposition.

“It’s the benefit of having front rowers with good endurance; guys like Luke Ambler and Andy Bracek can play long spells which means you don’t need to carry that third forward on the bench.”

Stand in centres Callum Casey and Adam Robinson are also set to keep their places, despite the availability of specialists Ben Heaton and Danny Cowling.

“Everyone played well at the weekend, so there’s no reason to leave anyone out,” said Harrison.