Potts back in the game, ready for Swinton test

Gareth Potts and Ben Heaton (left)
Gareth Potts and Ben Heaton (left)
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Gareth Potts hit the comeback trail in the 52-12 win over Whitehaven last weekend, admitting he was “looking for a new pair of lungs” during the opening exchanges of Halifax’s most dominant win of the year.

Potts, the former Batley back, took over from the ill Ryan Fieldhouse at full back in his first appearance since breaking an ankle at Leigh six weeks ago.

“After six weeks, it was a shock,” laughed Potts.

“It’s hard at full back, there’s a lot of ground to cover and Whitehaven have a decent kicking game with Brett Seymour and Cain Southernwood so they tend to find that space.

“The first 10 minutes I was struggling, but once I got to the pace of the game I was okay.

“It was good to be back out there; I was out completely for four weeks so I’ve just had a couple of weeks training.

“Fieldy was ill, so it was a late call up and I just tried to do my best for the team.

“I’ve got 80 minutes under my belt now, so hopefully I can hold my place for next week.”

Fax never looked in danger against Haven once their new-look attacking game clicked into gear, leaving Potts confident they can pick up where they left off at Swinton on Sunday (3.0).

“We’d identified Whitehaven as a good team, one that it would have been easy to drop points against,” he said.

“We needed to be on the money mentally and we were.

“It was a good performance and putting 50 points on any team in this league is not easy.

“We’ve got some good playmakers in this side and now the pitches are firming up we can move the ball and shift teams across the field.

“I thought Ross Divorty was outstanding, punching holes off those shift plays, and it’s coming together for us now.”

Meanwhile, Potts’ fellow threequarter Ben Heaton, the former Oldham back, looks likely to play for Batley this weekend after Fax sanctioned a month-long loan deal.