Fieldhouse: Fax boss would be right to wield axe

Steve Tyrer collects the ball against Batley
Steve Tyrer collects the ball against Batley

Left-out Halifax full back Ryan Fieldhouse has said there “should be” selection changes for Sunday’s Championship fixture with Sheffield (3.0).

Fieldhouse, who has been omitted for the back-to-back losses against Featherstone and Batley in favour of Gareth Potts, watched from the Shay stands at the weekend as Vinny Finigan’s last-play try snatched a 10-8 win for the Bulldogs.

“I think there will be changes for Sheffield and I think there should be,” said Fieldhouse.

“I don’t think it’s acceptable to play like that, it was scrappy, really scrappy.

“I feel a few people need to look at themselves after that; there is massive competition to get in that team, lads are pushing for places.

“It was difficult to watch that game, really frustrating.

“We didn’t really turn up from minute one in my opinion and when we did get in front, we went away from the things that we’d done to get us there.

“Batley aren’t a team that will go away, everyone knows that. You have to play for 80 minutes.”.

Boss Karl Harrison pledged to make selection changes after Sunday’s game, but it remains to be seen whether Fieldhouse is one of them, with both Potts and wingers Ben Heaton and Tommy Saxton posting solid performances against Batley.

“I am just trying to do the little things right to get into the team and get that shirt back off Pottsy,” said Fieldhouse.

“I’m doing extras at training and then my only stuff on top of that, so I am plugging away and hopefully I will get in next week against Sheffield.”