Marshall: Win at Rovers a milestone for Fax

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Halifax coach Richard Marshall believes his side cleared a significant psychological hurdle with a dominant 44-20 win at Featherstone on Saturday night.

Fax jumped to fourth in the Championship table - at least for a day - with a nine-try success against Andy Hay’s side.

Former Rovers winger Tommy Saxton led the way with a first half hat trick, with Gareth Potts grabbing a treble on the other flank as Fax built on a decisive 26-4 half time lead.

Rovers briefly closed the gap to 26-16 after the break, but the visitors finished strongly to clinch a long-awaited win over a side considered genuine top four contenders.

“It’s been a long time coming; we’ve competed against most of the teams around us or above us, but fallen short,” said Marshall, whose side now travel to Hunslet next Friday night.

“This time we didn’t fall short, we jumped the hurdle and carried on going to the finish line, which is really pleasing.

“The players are ecstatic if I’m honest; it was a bit of a mental block for us this year and we’ve broken that now.

“You can only compete and be close to results for so long, you need to turn it into league points at some point and we’ve done that now.

“We won’t be getting carried away - I’m not sure that was the best team Featherstone have put out this year - but they are still a quality opposition.

“I never thought we’d lose it; even when Steve (Tyrer) kicked that first conversion from the touchline to make it 6-0, I thought ‘We’re on here’.

“Credit to Featherstone, they came out for that 10 minutes after half time and did to us what we’d done to them; kick high and force some errors.

“But we got back to playing in that last 20 minutes, showed our class and pulled away from them.”

Fax welcomed back their on-loan Widnes half back Danny Craven after a one-week absence with a shoulder problem, with the young playmaker turning in a try-scoring performance.

“Danny’s a quality player; he’s a Super League player and he plays in our system very well,” said Marshall, who also picked out giant forward Richard Moore for praise.

“I asked him to run the ball in the second half and he did that really well for us.

“I thought Richard was excellent; he played the whole of the first half and was a real handful for their defence.

“We had some high quality performances across the board.”