Walmsley’s return to form gives Halifax Panthers boss Grix a selection headache

Lachlan Walmsley admits he was pleased to get a good performance under his belt last weekend as he continues to fight for a regular place in the Halifax Panthers team, writes Seb Sternik.

By Mark Berry
Friday, 4th March 2022, 9:52 am
Lachlan Walmsley scores for Panthers in last week's Betfred Challenge Cup loss to Featherstone Rovers. Picture: Simon Hall
Lachlan Walmsley scores for Panthers in last week's Betfred Challenge Cup loss to Featherstone Rovers. Picture: Simon Hall

Last weekend Simon Grix gave the 23-year-old his first appearance since the pre-season loss to Batley, and Walmsley reciprocated by scoring a brace in the Challenge Cup defeat to Featherstone Rovers.

Asked whether he now faces a selection headache with regular starter Zack McComb set to return, Grix said: “Yes and no I suppose. Zack didn’t play for no other reason than I felt like Lachlan bided his time.

"He didn’t have great friendlies, didn’t play well against Batley, that was why he lost his place in the team. I’m really pleased for him [Walmsley] because he kept his head down, as has Louis Jouffret as well.”

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Walmsley said: “It’s good to get a good performance under my belt. I guess it was a bit of a tough situation at Batley. It’s good for my confidence and good for the team.”

Looking ahead to Sunday's rematch with Rovers, the winger added: “You don’t often get these sorts of games where you play them twice in a row. But we’ll go back and do a bit of video, pick up anything that we might have missed.

“Obviously they’ve got quality players all over the park, but if we can back up another performance like we did in the second half, we’ll give them a good contest.”