Fax should have won: Harrison

Rikki Sheriffe
Rikki Sheriffe
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Halifax coach Karl Harrison blamed poor decision making after his side let a 10-point lead slip in the closing minutes of their Championship showdown at Batley.

Second-placed Fax remain unbeaten after an 18-18 draw with their third-placed rivals, but Harrison was left fuming after two late tries robbed his side of a three point haul.

“We should never have been in the position to concede those points,” said Harrison, who was particularly baffled by his side’s decision to go wide from a scrum with around six minutes remaining, a play that ended with an error from Steve Tyrer and a game-changing breakaway try for Batley wing Gareth Potts.

“I heard people say we have not been expansive in the last couple of weeks; but we were more expansive in that last six or seven minutes than we needed to be.

“That’s what cost us the win, our decision making.

“I think we played really, really well in a high quality game, but we need to be smarter than that to win the big games.

“A draw was probably a fair result, because both me and John (Kear) will feel we had chances to win.

“But when you’re 10 points up with eight minutes to go I think that should be enough.”

Fax overcome the loss of winger Rob Worrincy with injury, while captain and playmaker Scott Murrell - who kicked superbly in open play - missed the last 15 minutes after straining his groin in the warm up.

“Murrell got injured, which meant we couldn’t use Paul Handforth at hooker as early in the game as we would have liked because we didn’t want Scott cooling down,” said Harrison, who finally switched half back Handforth to number nine after the break and saw him score a fine solo try.

“We managed to keep Scott going for 65 minutes before he felt it tighten up again.”