Harrison satisfied as Fax turn on style to beat ‘Haven

Try time for Halifax against Whitehaven at the Shay
Try time for Halifax against Whitehaven at the Shay

Fax coach Karl Harrison was pleased by his side’s performance as they marked their return to the Shay after a seven week absence with a 50-18 Kingstone Press Championship success over Whitehaven.

It was certainly a case of ‘Home Sweet Home’ as Fax produced the kind of display and scoreline the majority of the 2,325 spectators in the ground craved.

Whitehaven are certainly no mugs though, and took the lead early on, then hit the front again after Fax had levelled.

The Cumbrians trailed just 18-12 at the break and that opened the way for an all-action second half display in which Fax stretched their lead, saw them falter again at 24-18, but then go on to totally dominate.

“Whitehaven came down with a specific game plan and it worked for them,” conceded Harrison.

“But I thought the conditions would suit us as the game went on as we have a fit set of guys, but take nothing away from Whitehaven because they contributed and that’s a fact.”

Harrison was forced into an early reshuffle after stand off Scott Murrell was forced to leave the field after suffering a freak hand injury which required a trip to hospital.

Murrell caught the ball and it was obvious that something was amiss as soon as the tackle from a Whitehaven player came in. He was later seen on the sidelines with the hand heavily strappped

“Scott has injured his hand, but at this stage we don’t know to what extent,” said Harrison. “It might be a season-ending injury which would be a massive blow.

“Scott caught the ball and was hit on his hand. There was nothing malicious in it, it was just the way it happened.

“I had to change a few things because of the injury situation, but that is something you have to do.

“We then switched things round for the second half and ran out comfortable winnners.

“We were defending our own line for the first 15 minutes of the second half, but when we got down the other end we took our chances and that was very pleasing.”

Harrison is now switching his attention to Thursday night’s home clash with Featherstone, who occupy second spot and go into the contest having beaten Batley 18-12 this afternoon.

“It’s a game that everybody is looking forward to,” said Harrison.