Harrison’s half time talk sparks Fax attack

Halifax boss Karl Harrison credited some half time fine tuning of his side’s attacking game as the key to Thursday night’s 38-6 Championship win over Keighley.

Fax were dominant for long periods of the first half, but still found themselves held to a 6-6 stalemate in the opening minutes of the second half.

But four touchdowns in quick succession turned the game on its head, with the home side, who now trail second place Featherstone only on points difference ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, running in two more late scores to set the seal on a ruthless display.

“The second half was very, very good,” said Harrison.

“We had a plan in place for this game, but in the first half we just moved the ball too slowly to make it work.

“We were trying to play at the line when we didn’t need to.

“We talked about playing quicker at half time, playing away from the line and concentrating on getting the ball wider, faster.

“We did that and we exposed them.

“Once we scored the first in the second half, it turned out to be a nice easy evening.

“We won at a cruise.”

Fax had Ireland front rower Luke Ambler in outstanding form, with makeshift centres Adam Robinson and Callum Casey keeping their places ahead of fit-again specialists Ben Heaton and Danny Cowling.

“The big men in the middle all played well,” said Harrison, whose side now travel to Batley next Sunday (3.0).

“Ambler was very good again, Tony Tonks was good in shorter spells and Andy Bracek too.

“Overall, we were pretty efficient across the park.

“Robinson and Casey didn’t deserve to be left out, but we’ll reassess that this week and see where we go.

“It’s a different game at Batley; Cowling is fit, Heaton is fit and Gareth Potts is close.”