Fax’s Holden set for league debut against Town

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison is likely to include young hooker Keith Holden in his side for Sunday’s final league fixture of the Championship season against Workington at the Shay (3.0).

Holden, the former Warrington junior, has been the stand-out player in the club’s second-string this summer, but has made just one first team appearance, against Oxford in the Challenge Cup.

But Harrison, whose side need a point to seal a third-placed finish, is now poised to pitch him into action against the Cumbrians.

“I think Keith will play,” confirmed Harrison, who said the decision was as much about the “long term” as his side’s imminent play off campaign.

“He has trained with us all year and he’s been very good for the under 20s, and we want to take a look at him in a bigger game.

“Craig Ashall’s played a lot of minutes during the last two games and he’ll play again this weekend, but we will probably rotate him and Keith at hooker which should freshen Craig up a little bit.”

Holden’s inclusion seems unlikely to be the only change, with Harrison naming winger Rob Worrincy and injured pair Anthony Thackeray and Ben Heaton as possible inclusions.

“We’ve got people who need to play, like Rob, and people we need to assess,” said Harrison.

“At the same time, it’s important we keep our performances at a high level now.

“We looked rejuvenated at times against Keighley last week and we need to build on that.”