Ashall’s back and hungry for action

CRAIG Ashall returns to the Halifax side at York tomorrow after a one-match suspension, aiming to reinforce his status as one of the form players outside Super League.

Ashall, a low key close-season signing from Rochdale, was sent off and subsequently banned for his part in the second-half melee that enlivened Fax’s Northern Rail Cup clash with Featherstone three weeks ago.

“It’s been turmoil for me, I was gutted to be out last week,” said Ashall, whose form at hooker and loose forward has been one of the highlights of Fax’s early season.

“I can’t turn the clock back, but I’d probably do it again to be honest; You back your mates when you’re on that field together and if it happens, it happens and you pay the consequence.

“We’ve gelled over the last few weeks, 20-odd players who had never really played together.

“Personally, I am over the moon with how things are going; I enjoy training, enjoy playing, enjoy being with the boys and long may it continue.

“I never really had any doubts I could play at this level, it was just about having the bottle to back myself and make the step up.

“I think Karl was optimistic I could do it, and I hope he’s happy with how I’ve fitted into the team so far.”