Harrison happy as Fax’s revival gains momentum

Ryan Fieldhouse runs away to score
Ryan Fieldhouse runs away to score

Halifax coach Karl Harrison praised an “exceptional” first half performance by his side after they crushed Keighley 34-4 last night to all-but secure third place in the Championship.

Harrison’s side, who led 22-0 at the break despite being caned 12-2 in a lopsided penalty count, only need to take a bonus point against Workington at the Shay on Sunday week to edge out Leigh in the race for third.

The visitors cruised home after the break, with backs Steve Tyrer, Wayne Reittie and Ryan Fieldhouse all finishing with two tries.

“I thought the first half, we were exceptional,” said Harrison.

“At one stage we defended six sets on the line because of the penalty count.

“They were strange penalties to begin with, but we held them out for 26 tackles and never looked like breaking.

“We weren’t great with the ball in the second half and we ran out of subs, which didn’t help, but overall it’s a great result for us.

“It’s a hard place to come and get three points.

“We have gone back to basics in certain areas and the squad looks a lot happier as a result.

“It’s nice to see some smiling faces again.”

Under the new top-eight play off system, Fax will have to travel to either Featherstone or Sheffield, depending on who tops the table.

But Harrison insisted that inside the top four, it was difficult to call any game.

“I don’t think it really matters where you finish inside that top four; I think any of those teams can beat any of the others, home or away,” he said.

“I always felt we had a chance; every team has a drop in form at some stage and hopefully we’ve had ours now.

“There’s one league game left now and then the play off series.

“And this year we want it to be a play off series, not just one game or two games.”