Fax need to concentrate

Same again?: Bob Beswick will be hoping to repeat the form he showed against Leigh
Same again?: Bob Beswick will be hoping to repeat the form he showed against Leigh

ASSISTANT coach Damian Ball has insisted that Fax will not take Hunslet lightly when the two sides clash in a Co-operative Championship fixture at the Shay tomorrow night (7.30).

The South Leeds side suffered their fifth successive Championship defeat when going down 34-12 at home to Batley last Sunday while Fax are riding the crest of a wave following back to back victories over Sheffield and Leigh Centurions.

However, Ball knows that over-confidence can often be a team’s downfall and added that Fax will go into the fixture with designs on keeping their winning momentum going.

“There is no chance of us getting complacent,” stressed Ball. “We will certainly not treat it as an easy game because there is no such thing.

“We will be focused on doing what we have to do. We feel we have made real progress in the last few weeks and we are very keen to keep that going.”

Fax’s transformation from a side struggling for cohesion to a highly-effective unit reached a season’s peak in last week’s 36-16 success at Leigh - a game which Ball said showed just how much work the players and coaches had been putting into their training.

“The players are really pulling together and that was noticable against Leigh,” added Ball. “We were composed for the majority of the game but just let a couple of soft tries in near the end.

“But you could see the hard work we have been putting in during training really paid off. I am a firm believer in that you play as you train and we have been training well.”

Ball agreed that the influence of Brian Noble had been a major factor and that he and head coach Matt Calland were learning as much as the players.

“Both Matt and myself have been happy with the way we have approached things and prepared the players,” said Ball.

“But Brian’s experience and knowledge has been invaluable. He has certainly left his stamp around the place

“I have learned a hell of a lot from Matt and now we are both looking at fresh ideas which can only be good.

“The whole experience has been a massive learning curve for everybody and it can only stand us in good stead as we look to keep our run going and push on up the table.”

Sean Penkywicz remains Fax’s major doubt as he struggles to recover from the foot problem that kept him out of the side at Leigh.