Fax boss Marshall wary of ‘wounded’ London

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Halifax coach Richard Marshall has warned his players to be wary of a “wounded” London side ahead of Saturday’s Championship game at Barnet (3.0).

Fax will make their first competitive trip to the capital since 2003, with Marshall looking for a third straight win after the back to back successes over Dewsbury and Barrow.

But while the Broncos are outwardly in some disarray after the early departure of coach Joey Grima and a succession of away losses - the latest a 60-point Challenge Cup drubbing at Leigh - the Fax boss, Marshall is unconvinced.

“They’ve actually been okay at home, they’ve been winning those games,” said Marshall, whose side were travelling south on Friday before a rare overnight stay as they looked to maximise their chances of a precious win.

“They’re not a bad team; they’re a good team, a full time team, who’ve been experiencing some adversity.

“They’ll be wounded after the game at Leigh, but that probably makes them more dangerous.

“After an experience like that, players tend to regroup and set themselves some new goals.

“We’re going there with some form and some confidence though.

“The key for us is to stop them gaining momentum.”

Marshall is expected to make several changes to the side that won at Barrow, with several players who were rested - notably hooker Ryan Maneely, ever-impressive back rower Dane Manning and Australian prop Mitch Cahalane - all expected to return.

“Some players are going to be missing out this weekend,” said Marshall.

“Ryan, Mitch and Dane have been pretty consistent for us, so they’ll be in contention.

“I was pleased with Alex Brown and Chris Taylor last weekend, and Adam Tangata came out with a really good score on the analysis system that we use.

“There are probably going to be some disappointed people who are not selected.

“But what I would say is that with Bradford, Hunslet and Workington all coming up in the next 14 days, I don’t think that disappointment will last long.

“I can’t make any promises, but I’d be surprised if everyone didn’t get a game over that period.”

Further down the track, Marshall will get his first chance to take on Super League opposition after Fax were paired with Wakefield in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

The game will be played at Belle Vue on the weekend of April 18/19, with the Wildcats apparently favouring a Saturday night kick off.

“We wanted a home game, because we like playing there and we want to build some momentum there,” said Marshall.

“But it’s a chance to test ourselves against a Super League side; it will give us a good benchmark of where we are in relation to where we want to be.

“James Webster is going a great job over there; they started really strongly and shocked a few people early on.

“I think we’re all looking forward to that game now.”