Casey: Lack of training pitch a problem

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Callum Casey has highlighted Halifax’s training facilities as a possible factor in their struggle for early season form.

Fax currently base their field sessions around Calderdale College’s artificial 3G pitches, the latest solution to a problem that has dogged every Fax coach since club left Thrum Hall in 1997: The lack of a dedicated training field.

And Casey believes preparing on a consistently hard and fast surface is not the minor detail it might appear with playing surfaces boggy after one of the wettest winters of recent times.

“We haven’t been able to train on grass and in my opinion that’s an issue for us at the moment,” said Casey

“We’re on artificial surfaces all the time and it does make a difference to your timing, especially when the conditions are like they are at the moment.

“It can throw you out a little bit and those are the things that make a difference at this level.”

Fax have now lost two out of three opening fixtures, with Casey making a return to the side for Sunday’s 10-8 reverse against Batley in place of the injured centre Danny Cowling.

“I was disappointed to miss out at Featherstone the week before, but it was pleasing to get back in straight away,” said Casey ahead of Sunday’s home game against Sheffield (3.0).

“Our performance wasn’t up to scratch on Sunday, but we’re determined to put it right and we were already talking about Sheffield straight after the game.

“No one wants to be one from four and we need to beat those teams that are going to be up there at the top.”