Brown backs Fax’s attacking revamp

Simon Brown
Simon Brown

Playmaker Simon Brown has insisted Halifax need to continue to “back themselves” in attack if they want to boost their chances of a lucrative second-placed finish in the Championship.

Brown, who will face his former club and current champions Sheffield at Owlerton on Sunday (2.0), revelled in a new-look gameplan as Fax ran out 42-24 winners over Rochdale last weekend.

And the former Leeds junior, who has now played in Fax’s last three games after returning from a loan spell at Batley, is hoping Karl Harrison’s side can now pose a more potent threat going forward.

“We made some changes during the week and it helped us; we looked like we were capable of scoring off every set,” said Brown.

“Our skill maybe let us down a couple of times, but it’s a change we’re all happy with.

“We can attack from the back of the field and it worked out for us, because it’s harder to defend against.

“For the last three or four weeks we’ve not looked like breaking from our own half, but we did on Sunday.

“We can all pass the ball and sometimes you have to back yourselves in attack.

“We weren’t as patient as we could have been in the final quarter, but I’d rather throw those 50/50 passes because it makes us a much more dangerous team.”.

Brown predicted a different kind of encounter in South Yorkshire, with the Eagles’ new home a far cry from the expanse of Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground.

“I went to watch them a couple of weeks back and Mark Aston gave me a little tour around,” said Brown.

“You might need some binoculars if you’re a fan and the pitch is horrible, but we need to go there and do a job.

“I’ll be getting some texts of some of their lads this week, but I don’t mind that.

“I just want to play every week now, because it’s been difficult at times this year..

“I’m just taking it game to game; trying to concentrate on playing well in each game rather than worrying about the week after.”