Fax must finish better: Mennell

Andy Bracek drives the ball nin against Swinton
Andy Bracek drives the ball nin against Swinton

Halifax playmaker Paul Mennell has admitted the Shay side will need to be “more clinical” in their finishing when they take on Featherstone at Post Office Road on Sunday (3.0).

Fax opened their Championship account with a 28-18 win over Swinton at the weekend, a performance blighted by the squandering of a handful of clear cut scoring chances.

And Mennell, who shared hooking duties with Ben Kaye before switching to half back late in the game after Simon Brown limped off, knows they cannot afford a repeat against a Rovers side who dominated the pre-season meeting between the two sides five weeks ago.

“We need to be more clinical; we had the opportunity to score a lot more points than we did,” said Mennell.

“We were breaking the defensive line, then messing up when we got to the full back.

“We wanted to set down a marker, and I think we probably would have done if we had completed a few more sets and taken our chances.

“But speaking in the changing room afterwards, I think everyone was disappointed.

“We want to be the best we can be, and while we were good at times we know that wasn’t our best.

“We all know we can’t be like that against Featherstone.”