Harrison sees selection decisions justified by result

Scott Murrell
Scott Murrell

Halifax boss Karl Harrison saw his team selection vindicated as his side won 20-8 at Workington.

The former Great Britain forward left winger Rob Worrincy and half back Anthony Thackeray, both mainstays of his 2012 line ups, out of his matchday squad altogether.

Lee Paterson took Worrincy’s place on the flank, while new recruit Scott Murrell moved to half back alongside Paul Handforth.

“I told Rob and Thacks why they weren’t in the team and I thought the performances justified the selections,” said Harrison, who again was left with little choice but to praise another dominant effort from his forwards on a sodden Derwent Park pitch.

“Paterson and Rikki Sheriffe were very solid on the wings and Murrell and Handforth did pretty well together.

“We went with the two ball players rather than the three we used against Sheffield because of the conditions and I thought our long kicking game was great.

“The forwards were great again; Adam Robinson’s second spell was sensational and I thought Tony Tonks’ first spell was very important.

“Luke Ambler played a lot minutes, and although he isn’t shaped like it he is a very durable player, as is Andy Bracek.

“They were both very good for us again.”

Fax needed to recover from a terrible start, the home side scoring inside the opening minute, but led 8-6 at the break before back rower Dane Manning - back after a two game ban - finally put daylight between the sides with a 65th-minute solo try.

“Dane struggled a bit with his timing, but he’s a freak of a player and it was a great try from him,” said Harrison.

“They broke us in that first set and scored the try, but after that I thought we did pretty well against a very motivated team.

“It was their first home game back in the Championship, and in the end I thought we won at a canter in what were very difficult conditions.

“We made metre after metre in the middle and although we sometimes opened up at the wrong time, they never really looked like breaking us.

“It was bitterly cold, it was raining, the pitch isn’t the best but I thought both teams handled it well.

“We’re unbeaten after two rounds and we’ve conceded 18 points across the two games.

“There’s a lot to work on, but it’s a solid start.”