Penkywicz is out of semi

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HALIFAX boss Matt Calland has ruled crocked duo Sean Penkywicz and Jon Goddard out of tomorrow night’s Northern Rail Cup semi final at Featherstone (7.30).

Penkywicz, the club’s captain and main attacking weapon, has missed the last two games after breaking his big toe in the Co-operative Championship win over Sheffield.

Calland had hoped to have his star number nine - who was still sporting a cast and crutches at last week’s home fixture against Hunslet - back on deck for the trip to Post Office Road, but has now been forced to admit defeat.

“Penkywicz has no chance,” conceded the former Rovers threequarter.

“He obviously hasn’t trained and he’s not going back to see the doctor until Friday.

“It’s a blow for us, because he is such a dangerous player in the middle if he has quick play the balls to work from, but we’ll just have to get on with it.

“Bob Beswick’s been doing a fantastic job for us over the last fortnight and I’m confident he will do the same again tomorrow.”

Goddard sat out last week’s last-minute home victory against the Hawks after suffering a recurrence of a rib injury in the final training session.

“Jon was down to play last week, with Dylan Nash on the bench,” revealed Calland.

“But he took a knock in training and he looks like he is back to square one.

“He’s definitely out this week and we’ll just have to see how things go from there.”

Other than that - and the question marks over the involvement of Wales prop Gil Dudson - Fax are likely to be unchanged.

“We’re looking at pretty much the same squad,” said Calland.

HALIFAX’S under 23s lost all three matches in last night’s second round of the Rugby Football League’s summer nines tournament at Odsal.

Martin Gonzalez’s young side went down 28-12 to Featherstone before being hammered 42-4 by Castleford.

But a gutsy 16-8 reverse against a Bradford side featuring first team backs Paul Sykes, Dave Halley and Kyle Briggs in the final game restored some pride.

“It was a tough night, we only had five minutes between the first two games,” said Gonzalez.

“But we got some respect against Bradford, which was pleasing.”

The next round of the competition is at the Shay next Tuesday.