Fax look for winning side

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HALIFAX boss Matt Calland could recall veteran stand off Graham Holroyd for tomorrow’s Co-operative Championship trip to Bramall Lane.

Holroyd, who has missed the last two games after being axed following the opening day flop in Toulouse, has been named in an initial 19-man selection to play Sheffield.

Calland has also brought two more casualties of that trip to France - centre James Haley and prop Michael Ostick - back into the fold as he searches for a winning formula.

“We are still trying to find the team with the best form,” said Calland, who watched his team squander a 20-12 half time lead on their way to a 32-20 reverse against Featherstone last time out.

“I don’t think we are too far away: the first half against Featherstone was the best we have played this year but we fell away badly.

“There were some below par performances in that second 40 minutes and there will be changes because of that.

“We are looking for an 80 minute performance now. We have been good in patches here and there, but not for a full game.

“We are going to need to change that because I know Sheffield are going to be fired up like never before for this one.”

But while Fax remain rooted to the foot of the ladder, eight points behind unbeaten leaders Leigh, Calland remains unflustered ahead of a run of gruelling fixtures that starts tomorrow, continues with the Northern Rail Cup quarter final in Toulouse a week today and then takes in the table-topping Centurions, Widnes and Dewsbury,

“It’s too early to be looking at the table,” he said. “We’ve got some massive games over the next four or five weeks and if we play to our potential things will look a lot different after that run is over.”

HALIFAX’S under 23s take on their Eagles counterparts this afternoon at Mount St Mary’s School in Sheffield (12.15).

Widnes chairman Steve O’Connor has backed the Super League licensing system that enabled his club to reclaim their place in the top flight.

“I was always a fan of the system,” said O’Connor.