Halifax Panthers remain confident despite defeat to Leigh Centurions

Halifax Panthers winger James Saltonstall admits his side remain confident despite their 36-0 thumping in Leigh, writes Seb Sternik.
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The 28-year-old returned to the team after missing the midweek win over Dewsbury, but faced a frustrating afternoon as Leigh powered to a comfortable victory.

“It was a tough game,” admitted Saltonstall. “They rolled us a fair bit with their big bodies through the middle. We struggled to slow their ruck speed down and that’s probably what told in the end.”

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He added: “I know we’ve been scoring a few points recently.

James Saltonstall. Picture: Simon HallJames Saltonstall. Picture: Simon Hall
James Saltonstall. Picture: Simon Hall

“Obviously, to not score is disappointing but I don’t think that was the key issue. I think we didn’t front up as we could have. Leigh more than deserved their win.

“We started [the season] slow but we’ve turned the corner over the last few weeks, knocked off some wins against the teams around us.

“No one likes getting beat 36-0 and the manner of the victory was pretty tough. We’re still confident in the group we’ve got and we’ll bounce back I’m sure.”

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Next up for the Panthers are two consecutive trips to Cumbria, starting with a clash against Whitehaven on Sunday.

Saltonstall sees the two games as challenges but also believes they serve as an opportunity to mount a turnaround, saying: “Obviously its never easy travelling up to Cumbria.

“They are probably a couple of good games to try and get back on that winning streak.

“We don’t turn into a bad team overnight. We lost to a very good side.

“Hopefully we’ll be straight back on it next week and try to pick off a few more wins.”