Harrison pleaed with Cup date, focused on ‘Haven league trip

Fax's ex Widnes centre Steve Tyrer
Fax's ex Widnes centre Steve Tyrer

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has labelled his side’s upcoming Challenge Cup date with Super League outfit Widnes in a fortnight’s time as a “great draw for the club and the town”.

Harrison, who takes his side to Whitehaven in the Championship on Sunday (3.0), saw Fax paired with Denis Betts’ Vikings after a 70-6 third round win at Hull Dockers last weekend.

“I think it’s a great draw, for the town and the club, and I hope it captures people’s imagination like these games should,” said Harrison.

“We have wanted to play a Super League club at home for the last couple of years, so it’s nice to finally get the chance.

“They’ve got a strong side and they’ve improved a lot over the last couple of years, so it’ll be a good test for us.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s trip to the Recreation Ground, Harrison could switch workaholic back rower Dane Manning to centre in the probable absences of specialists Ben Heaton and Danny Cowling.

Heaton missed last weekend’s trip to Hull with a cut in his knee, while Cowling’s comeback from an ankle injury only prompted a recurrence of the original problem.

“I don’t think either of them will play, but we’ll give them every opportunity,” said Harrison, who would start the dangerous Ross Divorty in Manning’s usual berth.

“Dane would give us a great defensive option on that side of the field against Jesse Joe Parker, who is a strike player for them.

“They’re a good side; we’ve watched the DVD from their game at Dewsbury and they just rolled straight over the top of them.”