Handforth: Fax are making their own luck

Paul Handforth
Paul Handforth

Halifax’s Paul Handforth has dismissed any suggestion that Karl Harrison’s side are ‘lucky’ to find themselves clear in the second place in the Co-operative Championship.

Fax kept the pressure on leaders Featherstone and opened up a four-point gap over third-placed Batley by beating Sheffield 30-26 at the Shay on Sunday.

The home side needed a late, late try from Anthony Thackeray - with Handforth sparking the move with a chip-and-chase and then supplying the final pass - to snatch the lead when it mattered most after being under the cosh for long periods.

“We needed to come up with something; it was either go for it or lose the game, basically,” said Handforth, who also took a crucial interception in the final seconds of the game as the Eagles sought to re-establish the lead they had held since the sixth-minute.

“Sometimes we take risks when we don’t need to and then other times I think we don’t let it go when we could do, but we got it right when we needed to.

“Sheffield had defended really well and dominated for long stretches, but we never give up, do we?

“We’ve won games in the last minute a few times now and it’s not luck or coincidence.

“If you keep doing it, it reflects how you are as a team.

“Karl won’t like me saying this, but it’s a bit like Manchester United, they’ll win in injury time if they have to.

“They’re a champion side and so are we.

“At the end of the day, we needed three points to have a chance of finishing top two.

“Sheffield will go away disappointed, and you can’t begrudge them feeling that way really, but we came away with it in the end.”