Storm Eunice will make Halifax Panthers trip to Workington even tougher says Saltonstall

James Saltonstall. Picture: Ed Sykes/SWpix.comJames Saltonstall. Picture: Ed Sykes/
James Saltonstall. Picture: Ed Sykes/
Halifax Panthers winger James Saltonstall thinks that the weather conditions will play a big part in Halifax Panthers' Betfred Championship clash at Woirkington Town on Sunday, writes Seb Sternik.

He said: “It’s never easy travelling up to Workington and with the way the pitches are at the minute, we’re expecting a really tough game in these conditions.

"It will be another tough battle and whoever wants it most will come out on top."

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The wet conditions also had an impact on Panthers' last match, a narrow 9-8 defeat to Widnes Vikings at The Shay last weekend, when Saltonstall scored a try and picked-up the Panthers' man of the match award.

The 28-year-old scored early in the second-half to give his side hope of a comeback but in the end, the Panthers came up short. Saltonstall said: “Disappointing to lose by a point, it’s never the greatest way to end the game.

"The conditions weren’t great. I think in the first half, their kicking game really pinned us back. We let them off a little bit."

He added: “Obviously the way the pitch is, it’s quite boggy at the minute. You can’t really get any speed up so it’s more of an attritional game: Just trying to grind out the sets. It’s not made for free-flowing rugby and I think the score reflected that.”