Spencer: Closing out Cougars win a big boost

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Prop Jack Spencer believes last weekend’s hard-fought win at Keighley can provide Halifax with a crucial confidence boost going into next Wednesday night’s Championship fixture at Leigh (8.0).

Karl Harrison’s side won 28-14 at Cougar Park after withstanding a second half bombardment and now have a rare blank weekend before the midweek trip to the LSV.

And while Spencer admitted the nerves had been jangling until late tries from Luke Ambler and Paul Mennell sealed the win, he thinks it could help Fax turn a corner.

“We didn’t play the best in attack, and we made too many errors, but after losing at Dewsbury the week before the main thing was to hang in there and get the win,” said the former Salford player.

“In the end, we got that and managed to deny them the bonus point as well, which was important when you see them breathing down our necks in the league table.

“We are lacking a bit of confidence and you could feel the tension and the nerves at times in that second half, definitely.

“When they scored the try and missed the kick to keep us two in front at 16-14, that was a big relief.

“It’s not a commitment issue or an attitude issue, we just need to keep working hard and making sure we improve.

“The Leigh game is a massive one now, so we’ll move onto that and see what we can do there.”

Spencer’s Fax career is in its infancy after he signed an 18 month deal following a successful trial spell, ending a nomadic couple of years for the 23 year old, who played in Salford’s Academy sides during Karl Harrison’s reign as head coach.

“I am really happy with what I have sorted out for this year and next,” said Spencer.

“I was in Australia in 2012, got a bad injury, came back and played half a season with Barrow, then went to Villeneuve for the French season.

“I have not had much stability but I’ve got that now and next year is a big year.”