fax up for crown: Rob

HALIFAX winger Rob Worrincy has insisted the club will not give up their Co-operative Championship title without a fight.

Worrincy and his teammates will head to Batley for Thursday night’s televised play off encounter (7.30) on the back of a sixth-placed league finish and an unconvincing 32-24 victory over struggling Hunslet in their final league fixture.

But the 24-try speedster, who closed to within one score of fellow flyer Paul White at the top of the club’s scoring charts with a second half effort against the Hawks, is adamant the trip to Mount Pleasant is one Fax are capable of successfully negotiating.

“It’s an exciting time of year, knockout football and every game takes you a step closer to the final,” said Worrincy.

“Your league position means nothing; we have been to some of the tougher grounds in this division and won there so we know we’re suited to it.

“It comes down to 80 minutes - or sometimes a little bit more than 80 minutes - and I think our record over the last three seasons, in the Championship and the Northern Rail, shows that we know how to get the win when we need it.

“We manage to pull it out when it’s on the line.

“We’re the reigning champions and that’s a title we’re going to be reluctant to let go of.

“You never want to give up something like that easily.

“We’re going to play every game like it’s the last and with a little bit more form and a little bit of luck we might just end up in the Grand Final again.”

Fax were due to train tonight, with coach Damian Ball’s chief concern the fitness of forwards Stephen Bannister and Makali Aizue.

Fax are hopeful Aizue (ankle) will recover, but Bannister’s chances seem minimal after he was diagnosed with a broken thumb.

Prop Jim Gannon has been called before tonight’s meeting of the RFL disciplinary committee charged with alleged use of the knees during Sunday’s match.

Any ban would rule him out of Thursday’s game.

HALIFAX are running coach travel to Batley, leaving the Shay at 6.15.

Seats are £8 for adults and £4 for children. Bookings can be made via Neil Arber on 077144 88080.

There are also places remaining for Friday night’s Starman dinner at Bowers Mill, Barkisland.

Further details are available from the club on 01422 342792.