Leigh v Halifax match preview: Continued improvement is the key against Centurions

When push comes to shove: Frank Watene pictured in actiion during Fax's victory over Sheffield last time out
When push comes to shove: Frank Watene pictured in actiion during Fax's victory over Sheffield last time out

COACHES always talk about achieving week to week improvement.

Always.

The ideal for them is a team that gets better and better and better over the course of a season.

It rarely happens like that, of course.

There are always ups and downs along the way, good days and bad days.

Up until three weeks ago, Halifax had been running on a week on, week off schedule.

They’d play better, then they’d play worse, without ever really looking like they were on their way anywhere.

Going into tonight’s game though, they have taken significant steps forward in consecutive games.

Having made Featherstone work hard for the points at Post Office Road, they produced a performance of genuine resilience to beat Sheffield.

A repeat of that will not be enough to beat Leigh at the LSV tonight.

Ian Millward’s side are too good for that.

But if Fax can continue on their Brian Noble-inspired learning curve, then it could be an interesting night.

The key is whether boss Matt Calland and Noble can dovetail the club’s previous best form with the ball with their new-found solidity without it.

If they can, they have a chance.

Either way though, you now feel they are building on solid foundations.