Halifax coach Karl Harrison praised both his players and the volunteers who cleared the Shay pitch of snow after his side opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Championship with a blistering performance against Dewsbury.
Fax flogged the Rams 60-6 on a playing surface that had been deep in the grip of winter on Wednesday morning, with the piles of snow surrounding the pitch testament to the volume of work undertaken in the 36 hours before kick off.
“I thought we were impressive, but not as impressive as the ground staff and the people who turned out to help clear the snow, they deserve a massive vote of thanks,” said Harrison, whose side now travel to Doncaster on Monday (3.30).
“The team put on a show to say thank you, what else could they do?
“We were very, very good for long spells; Dewsbury made it difficult for that first 20 minutes but after that it was one way traffic.
“We scored some good, well-worked tries with not a lot of made-up stuff in there.
“We were patient, but we have been patient all season and not really taken the rewards for that.
“But when we went up a gear, they just couldn’t live with us.
“The gap (at the top) might get closed back to four tomorrow, but we’ve got to be chased down, haven’t we?
“I think we’d certainly have taken that position after nine rounds.
“We’ve come through relatively injury free, so it’s on to Doncaster on Monday now.”
Half back Anthony Thackeray was particularly impressive, scoring two tries and having a hand in several more after some indifferent early season form.
“We had a sit down and a chat this week and talked about why Anthony’s struggled to fit into the system we’ve been playing,” said Harrison.
“We went back to basics with him in truth and it looks like it’s gone on board, judging by that performance.
“He gave himself some more depth to work with, made the right decisions at the right time, kept defenders off him and created space for both running and passing chances.”