Fax’s mood lifted: jon

HALIFAX centre Jon Goddard believes Sunday’s 56-24 victory over Dewsbury has brought about an immediate transformation in the mood of Matt Calland’s under-pressure squad.

Fax rammed 10 tries past Warren Jowitt’s side to claim their first Co-operative Championship win of the season.

And after five losses, including the 47-36 hammering at Widnes last Thursday, Goddard said the relief was tangible.

“There was an instant difference in the dressing room after the game,” said Goddard.

“You could see the change in people straight away, and although we’ve talked about turning points before this year that win will certainly have lifted the confidence levels.

“We knew they would run hard and strong and they’re a tough set of lads, but we also knew if we did the same it was a game we should be winning.

“That’s exactly what happened and it ended up being a decent afternoon.

“We will take it one week at a time now, but we have always said there is no reason why we cannot beat any team in this division.”

Barrow are next up at the Shay in a repeat of the 2009 Grand Final, which the Raiders won.

Like Fax the Cumbrians have endured a rocky start to 2011 although their Easter results - a narrow loss at Leigh and a crushing defeat of Widnes - suggests they may have turned the corner.

“They have had a disappointing start too, and maybe they think they’ve had a turning point now,” said Goddard.

“I don’t know what the atmosphere has been like at their club, but I’d imagine they have been in a similar situation to us.

“It’s going to be a difficult game now, that’s for sure.”

Goddard’s involvement is likely to be determined by the extent of the rib injury that forced him from the field against the Rams, although the player - who profited from coach Matt Calland’s post-Widnes reshuffle with a recall to the run-on side - is hopeful of being fit to play.

“I didn’t feel too bad when I got a bit of oxygen inside me, but when things calmed down it felt pretty sore,” said Goddard.

“Hopefully, nothing’s broken. We’ll give it a couple of days or so and if it’s still really bad I’ll go for an X-ray.

“Fingers crossed it will be okay.

“It was nice to get back in, but frustrating to be coming off with something like that.”