Fax boss Marshall credits ‘desperate’ Wakefield

Fax get to work in defence at Belle Vue
Fax get to work in defence at Belle Vue

Halifax coach Richard Marshall credited Wakefield’s “desperation” as a key factor in his side’s 30-12 Super 8s Qualifiers reverse at Belle Vue on Saturday night.

Marshall’s determined part-timers were predictably competitive against their Super League hosts, although by their coach’s admission they never hit the heights that had characterised last weekend’s victory over Leigh.

Wakefield, despite the omission of suspended stars Kevin Locke and Tim Smith, stood firm in the second period as Fax tried to overturn an 18-6 interval deficit, with hooker Michael Sio scoring twice from close range.

“There was an air of desperation about Wakefield which gave them the edge they needed,” said Marshall.

“We’ve been good at defending our line this year and we probably weren’t tonight; I thought the opposition were though, they defended as if their lives and livelihoods depended on it.

“I thought we lost a bit of our discipline in that first half and that probably contributed to us being fatigued on our goalline.

“They closed us down very well at times in that second half when we made the chances to either close the gap or win the game.

“We weren’t far off, and I was pleased we got ourselves in that position after the first half.

“We weren’t at the level we were against Leigh, but I’m very proud of our efforts in this competition.

“To be competing against these teams, to be pushing them, is testament to the efforts of the players.”