A tough couple of weeks and M6 traffic jams combined to prevent Halifax from turning in one of their better performances at Barrow.
Although they returned home with a 32-18 win over the Championship’s bottom club, coach Karl Harrison admitted that Halifax were never at their best in the Cumbrian sunshine.
It took a four-try burst in the space of 18 minutes that separated Halifax from an improving Barrow side who have still to chalk up their first home win of the season.
“We have had a tough schedule, playing Widnes in the Challenge Cup and then Leigh so that has not been ideal,” said the Halifax coach.
“Then we were held up in traffic jams on the motorway so we were a bit off our game today.
“Having said that, we scored 32 points and by my count we bombed about eight more. Gareth (Potts) appeared to keep running into touch.
“There were times when we looked like we could score in a canter in the second half but then we eased up on the pressure and went back into our shells just like in the first half.
“But to be fair to Barrow they never gave up and really stuck in there and did a job.
“In the end we got the three points so we got what we came for.”