Fax boss Marshall: Home return no guarantee of comfort

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Halifax coach Richard Marshall has warned his players they cannot afford to “relax” when they make their long-awaited return to the Shay against Sheffield Eagles on Sunday (3.0).

Fax held on to fourth spot in the Championship after crushing London 46-22 at Keighley on Saturday night and sit level on points with Featherstone, who will use up their game in hand when they play leaders Bradford at Odsal on Wednesday night.

But Marshall, who has masterminded a five-game winning streak while the Shay pitch has undergone its annual renovation work, is wary of the potential dangers of their homecoming against an Eagles side who are now only four points clear in third spot.

“Going back home is definitely something we’re looking forward to,” said Marshall.

“We have enjoyed ourselves on the road; we’ve played tough and we’ve come up with some good results, but it will be nice to be back.

“What we can’t do is just relax and think it will all be okay just because we’re at home, because it won’t.

“We won’t ease off; we will push even harder this week and prepare even better.”

Marshall admitted he would have one eye on the midweek events at Odsal, where the result could have a major bearing in the race for fourth place.

“We will be looking out for that result, but it’s not something we can influence,” said Marshall.

“Bradford will want to keep top spot, Featherstone will want to put some pressure on us.

“I just hope it’s a good game and they bash each other up a little bit.”