Halifax half back Anthony Thackeray believes Karl Harrison’s side took a step in the right direction against Sheffield on Friday night, despite suffering an eventual 31-18 Championship reverse.
Thackeray was the visitors’ most dangerous attacker at Bramall Lane as he resumed his partnership with captain Scott Murrell, who returned to the side after a fortnight’s lay off with a hamstring tear.
The pair couldn’t prevent a fourth loss in five matches, as crucial individual errors blighted an otherwise encouraging team performance ahead of Sunday’s Championship fixture against Swinton at Leigh Sports Village (3.0).
“Sheffield are a team that stay in the arm wrestle, they don’t get bored,” said Thackeray.
“We cracked first in that second half; we made two errors coming out of our own half and they scored two tries to go out to 22-12.
“After that, we couldn’t get back.
“We’ve regrouped, but we’re doing it tough at the minute.
“That’s rugby league though and it doesn’t get any easier going to Swinton on Sunday.
“After you’ve been defeated, you’re disappointed, but I think we’ll look back at Sheffield and see we made improvements.
“We’ll train hard and go again at the weekend.”