Handforth fit to face Fev as Fax aim to breakaway from chasers

Paul Handforth was alongside Karl Harrison on the touchline last weekend
Paul Handforth was alongside Karl Harrison on the touchline last weekend

Halifax hooker Paul Handforth is eyeing a dream scenario which could see the Championship leaders put clear water between themselves and the chasing pack over the next fortnight.

Fax lead second-placed Batley by five points, although the Bulldogs have a game in hand, ahead of Sunday’s traditional blockbuster at third-placed Featherstone on Sunday.

But if Fax can get the better of Daryl Powell’s side, Handforth believes results elsewhere could strengthen their hand.

“It’s an exciting month with Leigh and Featherstone in the league and we know that if we get six points from those we are going to be in a good place,” said the former Rovers playmaker.

“We’ve got three already,and we know that if we could get another three on Sunday it would put us in a great position.

“Batley are second, but they play Leigh this week then Featherstone after us.

“In an ideal world we beat Fev, Leigh and Fev beat Batley and all of a sudden we could be well clear.

“It’s a massive few weeks, but all we can do is focus on controlling what we do.

“If we turn up on Sunday and put a performance in, I don’t think we will be far off against Featherstone.”

Handforth missed Sunday’s 52-6 Challenge Cup thrashing of Barrow with a dead leg sustained in the 60-10 victory over Leigh a week earlier.

“I actually put my hand up to play against Barrow, I was confident of getting through the game, but we looked at it long term,” he said.

“We decided it was better to take the day off and get it 100 per cent.”