Halifax face acid test of their ambition

editorial image

Halifax skipper Dwaine West believes the Ovenden Park club will find out tomorrow whether or not they are genuine Yorkshire Four title contenders.

Mark Walton’s side have won three of their opening four fixtures and host unbeaten Stocksbridge - who ousted them from the top of the ladder when they made it four from four last weekend - at Ovenden Park tomorrow.

“The big pressure and the the big game is tomorrow,” said West.

“They are four from four, top of the table, unbeaten.

“If you look at the stats, they’ve got the best defence in the league and we’ve got the best attack, so it should be a cracker.

“I think this is the game that will tell us where we are; if we come through this, people can talk about us being a side that is in there with a chance of promotion.

“We’ve done well so far, but we haven’t played a side of their calibre in a competitive game. If we win, it’s a big statement from us.”

Halifax had to be content with friendly action last weekend, beating Yorkshire Five side Stanley Rodillians 19-10 at home.

“It wasn’t the best, but it gave us a chance to look at some players and some match practice,” said West. “They were pretty motivated with a big pack of forwards and it was a tough game.

“But lads like Gaz Matthews and Tom Shaw stepped up and put themselves in the frame.”