Harrison: We were feeling the heat

Gareth Potts and Ryan Fieldhouse both had influential games
Gareth Potts and Ryan Fieldhouse both had influential games

Halifax boss Karl Harrison admitted his side had been under fire from “every avenue” in the run up to yesterday’s Championship showdown with back-to-back champions Sheffield.

Fax soared against the Eagles, bossing their opponents for 70 minutes before a madcap sequence of scoring in the closing minutes left them clinging to a 30-28 win and indebted to a last-ditch try saver from winger Gareth Potts.

It was a far cry from the poisonous aftermath of the previous week’s 10-8 loss to Batley, which saw sections of the club’s support calling for Harrison’s head.

“The pump has been on this week; we’ve been under pressure from every avenue,” said Harrison, who saw on-loan Featherstone winger Tommy Saxton touch down twice as Fax opened up a 24-10 lead with a quarter of the game remaining.

“It’s good to win, we played some nice footy and it’s something to work on.

“We looked very nervous towards the end, but we’d been the dominant team throughout.

“We showed great character and we thoroughly deserved the points, but we certainly need to improve as well.

“We found it hard to defend our line at times, some of the tries we conceded were schoolboy-ish.

“It’s about crossing the try line and that’s what they managed to do, without really seeming to earn the right to do it.

“If it’s a special play, we’ll hold our hands up and say ‘well coached, well played’ but those pushover tries aren’t good enough.

“But I would have taken a win of any sort after the last two weeks and to come away with it is very pleasing.”

Robinson and Fieldhouse both played significant roles in the victory, while centre Steve Tyrer continued his recent resurgence with another all-action effort and some accomplished goal kicking.

“I thought Steve played well again, he’s worked ever so hard this off season and it’s paying off for him,” said Harrison, who now takes his side to Hull KR next Sunday for a third round Challenge Cup date with amateurs Hull Dockers.

“Fieldhouse has been upset because he’s not been in the side but I thought he did some really good things out there.

“Robinson was fantastic as well; overall it was a step forward for us.”

The only downside for Fax was a knee injury sustained by centre Ben Heaton in the first half; the former Oldham player hobbled from the action leaving back rower Dane Manning holding the fort against Eagles’ dangerman Menzie Yere.