No letting up from Fax

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ASSISTANT coach Lee Greenwood insists there will be no letting up when Fax take on Hunslet on Sunday (3.0).

The South Leeds-based basement boys have only won once in the league this season while Karl Harrison’s side could find themselves back on top of the Co-operative Championship if results go their way.

Victory would keep the pressure on leaders Featherstone Rovers - but there is also the small matter of the following weekend’s Northern Rail cup final against the Post Office Road outfit to consider.

By Greenwood’s own admission, Fax have been blowing hot and cold this season. However, he is expecting the players to pull out all the stops this weekend as they look to boost confidence levels ahead of the final.

“Not many people will be giving Hunslet a chance, but we are still going to have to be professional,” said Greenwood. “The players have plenty of incentives because we want to keep the pressure on Featherstone at the top of the table while everybody will be wanting to claim a place for the final.

“We will be going all out against Hunslet because we want to take some confidence and momentum into the game at Blackpool. What we don’t want is a scrappy performance.

“On top of that Featherstone have a tough game against Batley and we could be top again on Sunday night if they slip up.”

With so much at stake entering the final stages of the season, it is no surprise that the heat had been turned up on competition for places.

“The competition for places is fierce - people want to take each other’s places,” added Greenwood.

“Nobody wants to miss out on a cup final so all the players are determined to make an impression and that can only be good for the club.

“That is why we have to take Sunday’s game seriously and make sure we get the result and the performance we need.”

Injuries may force Fax’s hand tomorrow with Luke Ambler ruled out and last Sunday’s four-try hero Ryan Fieldhouse rated doubtful.

“Ryan suffered a swollen ankle after last Sunday’s game,” said Greenwood. “He hasn’t trained all week so we will have to make a late call on him.

“We expect both of them to be fit for the final, but even so we have some good players such as James Haley, Makali Aizue, Paul White, who has been unlucky, and Josh Barlow waiting for their chances in the wings.”