Halifax coach Karl Harrison branded the manner of his team’s 10-8 loss to Batley at the Shay on Sunday as “stupid”.
Fax slipped to their second Championship defeat in three starts after Bulldogs wingman Vinny Finigan’s last-play touchdown turned an 8-6 lead into a decisive deficit.
Harrison’s side had the better of a dour tussle, but a series of errors in the final 10 minutes finally gave Batley the territory and possession they had lacked for much of the afternoon.
“We were stupid, we had it won and got beat, unbelievable,” fumed Harrison.
“We spoke all week about Batley not going away; they have a simple gameplan and they stick to it for 80 minutes, very effectively.
“They scored from an error by us. We put the ball down a couple of times and then someone jumped out of the line, Miles Greenwood goes through and they win the game.
“They never broke our line all game and they’ve taken the three points in the 79th minute.
“It was a poor, slow game, but the conditions aren’t helping teams - it’s a cesspit out there - and it’s also the way the games are being officiated at the moment.”
Fax now host reigning champions Sheffield - who had their own shocker when they lost at home to Barrow yesterday - next weekend, looking to avoid a one-from-four win ratio.
“A few players did not play to the expected levels yesterday and things will certainly be changing for next week,” said Harrison, who gave a first start to on loan Featherstone Rovers wingman Tommy Saxton.
“I thought Saxton went okay. He came in Thursday night and he found it hard because we play a totally different style to Featherstone, but what he did was good and there’s more to come from him.”