Saxton made personal plea to play in Challenge Cup clash

Tommy Saxton
Tommy Saxton

Halifax’s on loan winger Tommy Saxton has revealed it took a one-to-one call to Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell to allow him to start last weekend’s Challenge Cup date with Widnes.

Saxton is in the second month of his temporary stay at the Shay after being left on the fringes of Rovers’ first team plans by new boss John Bastian.

Saxton, who won the competition with Hull in 2005, only got clearance to play in the 34-10 loss to the Vikings at the last minute after talks between the two clubs reached an impasse.

“It was a big game and I wanted to play and we finally got it sorted on the Thursday,” said Saxton, who was again impressive on the flank ahead of next Sunday’s home blockbuster against Championship leaders Leigh (3.0).

“I had a few chats with people from Featherstone and Halifax and they (Featherstone) probably weren’t that keen on me playing.

“In the end, I spoke to Mark Campbell the chairman about it and it was good of him to let me play.

“There was nothing written down in the contract but we talked it through and sorted it out.

“I’m still hoping to stay here for a bit longer still, I’m enjoying myself and we’re playing some good rugby at the moment.

“We’ve got a big game next week against Leigh and we’re all looking forward to that now.”

Saxton was philosophical about the reverse against the Vikings, with Fax leading 10-0 early on before fading after the break.

“It was typical of the difference between Championship and Super League,” he said.

“They got their gameplan exactly right in that second half; they played out their sets, kicked and chased and we just couldn’t get our hands on the ball.

“To be fair to them, I thought they played well and they deserved to win.

“They were on a roll when Tyrer and Brown forced the ball free from Cahill early in the second half and we needed a bit of luck at that point and we didn’t get it.”