HALIFAX under 23s coach Martin Gonzalez has said his side will be going “all out” to register their first victory of the competition when the Rugby Football League’s summer nines circus rolls into town tonight (7.30).
The Shay is hosting the third round of the four-stage tournament, with Fax’s young side - seven of the nine players who lost to Bradford at Odsal last week were eligible to play under 18s football - still to register a win in six attempts.
But Gonzalez insisted his players, who are in the third week of a gruelling two-games-a-week schedule, will do their best to reverse that trend on home soil, despite a daunting all Super League fixture list that features Bradford, Wakefield and Hull.
“The boys will go out and compete as hard as they can,” said Gonzalez, whose side was only reformed from the ashes of the reserve set up that was axed two years ago - with financial backing from the club’s Supporters’ Trust - over the winter.
“It’s a tough task for them against Super League under-20s, a lot of whom are on full time deals, and first team fringe players.
“But it’s a benchmark for them and they’ve been close a couple of times, despite being in the middle of a schedule that’s not been ideal for their development.
“I’d like to think that people will come down tonight and give them some support.”
Admission for tonight’s games is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, with under 12s free.
Brooksbank School’s year seven side, who will contest the Challenge Cup final curtain raiser at Wembley next month, will take on West Bowling under 12s in a half time showdown, while King Cross and Siddal emerging eights teams will also do battle.