Fax prepare for Town showdown

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It was a case of one in and one out at the Shay ahead of Sunday’s Championship fixture against Workington Town (3.0) as Halifax coach Richard Marshall dipped his toe into the loan market.

Salford’s former RAF forward Jordan Andrade, a former Newsome Panthers amateur, has joined the club on a month’s loan and was expected to make his debut in Saturday’s reserve fixture against Hull before the fixture fell victim to the weather.

Andrade joined the Red Devils over the winter having played for Oxford in League 1 in 2015.

The 23 year-old, who can play at prop or second row, was recommended to Fax by the former Brighouse amateur and RAF officer Damian Clayton.

And Fax’s veteran prop Andy Bracek, who has been an irregular feature of Marshall’s 2016 sides, has also made a temporary move, linking with Swinton Lions as the mid-season merry-go-round kicks off.

“I quite like the look of Jordan,” said Fax boss Richard Marshall, who is looking for cover for the departed Ross Divorty and the unavailable Simon Grix, who is on compassionate leave.

“He’s come in this week and trained well and wants to work, so we’ll give him a start this weekend in the reserves and see how he goes.

“We’ve also agreed to let Andy join Swinton; they’re desperate for a middle player and he wanted regular game time, which we can’t guarantee him.

“There’s absolutely no issues with him, but he’s been in and out of the team this year and he wants to be playing every week.”

While Andrade looks at long odds to play against Town, there could be several changes elsewhere, with Marshall naming winger James Saltonstall and rookie hooker Brandon Moore as potential inclusions.

Fax’s right side defence will again come under scrutiny against Town, where Marshall’s side again looked uncertain in the 23-16 win over Dewsbury last weekend.

“We’ve looked at the stats and while we’ve conceded more tries on that edge, we’ve scored more as well,” said Marshall.

“We’ve tried a few different combinations over there and some individuals have made some poor reads at times, that’s a fact.

“But it’s a team problem and that’s how we’re treating it; are the left side and middle players pushing across hard enough? Are we getting enough kick pressure on?”

Despite their relatively inconsistent form though, Fax could finish the weekend as high as fourth if results go their way ahead of next weekend’s Challenge Cup date with Widnes and a potentially pivotal league fixture at Batley.

“We could put ourselves in a decent position over the next month or so,” conceded Marshall, whose side only really hit form last year after the Summer Bash at the end of May.

“Workington are a decent team, they’ve got a strike player in Jarrod Sammut and they’ve given it a good go against teams like Leigh and Featherstone recently.”