Harrison: Cup date is big chance for wing pairing

Fax were impressive against Sheffield
Fax were impressive against Sheffield

Wingmen Rob Worrincy and Wayne Rettie are both likely to be given the chance to push their claims for starting spots when Halifax take on National Conference amateurs Hull Dockers in the Challenge Cup on Sunday (2.0).

Boss Karl Harrison will recall Reittie - who has missed the last two games after being dropped following the defeat at Featherstone - for the fixture at Hull KR’s Craven Park ground, while Worrincy is in line to make a comeback from a torn quadricep.

And with former Batley flyer Gareth Potts and on-loan Featherstone veteran Tommy Saxton both posting strong performances as Fax downed champions Sheffield in a Shay thriller last weekend, Harrison admits that both Reittie and Worrincy need big games.

“They’re both very good players, but they need to play well and put themselves into our thought process,” said Harrison, who confirmed he is looking to extend Saxton’s stay beyond the original month-long agreement.

“Rob’s a match winning, try scoring winger and Wayne gets the team going forward, but Potts and Saxton were both pretty good at the weekend so there’s some real pressure there.

“I have asked Featherstone the question regard Tommy’s loan; he’s happy and we’re happy, but at the end of the day he’s a Rovers player so it’s their decision.”

Centre Danny Cowling could also feature on Humberside after a two week absence with an ankle problem, while Ben Heaton - who started in midfield against Sheffield - is definitely out with a deep cut to his knee.

Harrison, who saw Tuesday’s training session “written off” by traffic chaos on the M62, was also expected to run the rule over Wednesday’s reserve fixture against Leigh, with Wigan-based youngsters Sam Brooks and Keith Holden the most likely candidates for promotion.

“There might be chances for a couple of them, but it’s about winning the game and showing Hull Dockers some respect,” said Harrison.

Halifax’s wing hero Gareth Potts says he hopes Sunday’s 30-28 win over champions Sheffield will ease the side’s “phobia” about closing out games successfully.

“We seem to have had a phobia about the last 15 minutes of games,” said Potts.

“We’ve got ourselves ahead and then struggled to wrap it up again.

“We had a bit of a roasting last week and we’re a close group and we knew we had to come out and put it all together against Sheffield.”