Larder: Smash and grab time

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HALIFAX player-coach Dave Larder has called for a smash and grab mentality ahead of tonight’s pivotal re-arranged Northern Rail Cup showdown with Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground (7.0).

Fax head up the M6 needing to collect at least a bonus point against David Seeds’ resurgent Cumbrians - winners at Oldham last weekend - to book their place in the last eight.

‘Haven, relegated to Championship One last autumn after a 2010 season dominated by financial problems, need nothing less than a win to make the quarter finals.

“It’s difficult in any circumstances up there, but both sides need a result now,” said Larder.

“We need to concentrate on preparing ourselves properly, get the trip up there right and come up with the performance we need.

“It’s a mental thing, individually more than anything else.

“People have to make sure they are switched on and ready to go.

“I have been up there plenty of times and the mentality you have to have is ‘get in there, get the job done and get yourself off home’.

“It’s not a nice place, the conditions won’t be great, but we will wake up on Thursday morning and it will all be done. Let’s get up there and get the win.”

Fax are poised to give a first appearance of 2011 to veteran stand off Graham Holroyd, with coach Matt Calland saying the 35 year old’s “experience” could be crucial to his side.

“Graham’s been looking sharp,” said Calland.

Australian centre Dylan Nash is also set to start after recovering from the illness that made him a late withdrawal from the side to play Batley last Sunday.

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