We will be focused on job in hand - Karl

Karl Harrison will not entertain any thoughts of over-confidence as Fax prepare for tonight’s game at Leigh (7.30) which will NOT be televised.

Harrison watched his team despatch a young York side 44-12 at the Shay last Sunday - a result which stretched Fax’s unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches.

However, while the points were welcome in the chase for top spot in the table, the performance - particularly in the first half - was a little scratchy and Harrison knows that must improve if Fax are to achieve their ambition of a top two finish.

“It’s always pleasing to get the result but the performance wasn’t the greatest,” admitted Harrison. “I thought there was a lack of intensity in the game.

“I thought we improved dramatically in the second half. We restricted York field position-wise and with no points against.

“It is certainly nice to win, especially in the business end of the season. It does build confidence but it can also bring complacency.

“We won’t be complacent for any more games this season now.”

York arrived at the Shay low on senior numbers and with just one win in the league. However, despite falling behind to an early Ben Heaton try, they responded well and opened up a 12-4 lead as Fax struggled to get their game together.

“Nothing surprises me in the Championship,” said Harrison. “It is a very tough competition and if you don’t turn up in the right frame of mind then you are going to get run close, or certainly beaten.

“Chris Thorman played a few young guys off the bench and they did very well.

“But overall I think we had too much firepower for them.

“It was always going to be a Halifax victory and despite it being a game with no intensity it was still a very nice result.”

Harrison decided to rest a few players who had been carrying slight knocks which gave him the chance to look at some of his fringe players and those coming back from injuries.

“It was nice to see some of the fringe guys get a chance, people like Ben Heaton who has been out for three or four months and James Haley. I also thought Sam Barlow did well with the ball in hand in the short spell he played.

“Having them back in contention gives us an extra boost so that sets us up nicely for the run in to the season.

“We have two games left and still everything to play for.

“It is always a big game going to Leigh. We want to finish top, or second even, so we have to go to there and win - which is what we intend to do.”