Fax target perfect July

Target: Danny Jones
Target: Danny Jones

FAX have to build on their win at Dewsbury by going on a winning run throughout July if they are to reach the play-offs.

That’s the view of half back Danny Jones who says the squad have set themselves the task of a perfect month as they look to break into the top six.

Matt Calland’s side face potentially the toughest test of their plan when they travel to Barrow on Saturday night.

And, following the Northern Rail Cup final showdown with Leigh at Blackpool on July 17, they then return to the Shay for games against strugglers York City Knights and Toulouse.

“We have targeted winning all four league games this month,” said Jones. “If we can do that we can roll on to the play offs.

“It is a big few weeks because we also have the final at Blackpool.

“Sunday was a good start so hopefully we can win again next week and then march on to Blackpool.”

Fax are currently four points behind sixth-placed Barrow with a game in hand and seven adrift of Widnes who have played the same number of matches.

In effect, Calland’s side are battling for the final berth in the play offs but Jones believes just getting into ‘the six’ would be enough to give them a chance of the title.

“If we get to the play offs - and that won’t be easy given the task we have left ourselves - we know that we are capable of beating anyone,” he said.

“It will be that bit harder because we will be starting from further back.

“But I know we are a team that can do it.

“We know that if we can get in the play offs we have a chance of getting to the Grand Final.”

One thing is certain, Fax will have to start better in Cumbria than they did at Dewsbury where they were 14-0 down after 20 minutes.

“We started flat, the warm up was flat,” he said. “I don’t know if people are playing short of confidence but we need to find a solution to that.

“We have to start a lot better than we are. Luckily on Sunday we managed to get back and win, but against other teams we might not be as lucky.”