Halifax coach Karl Harrison has played down suggestions that tonight’s top-two Co-operative Championship showdown with Featherstone Rovers (7.30) will be decisive in the race for the league leaders’ crown.
Fax currently lead Daryl Powell’s reigning champions by a single point, with six games remaining after tonight’s televised blockbuster.
But win or lose, Harrison believes the season could yet reveal unexpected twists and turns.
“It’s a massive game, it’s an exciting game, but in terms of the table it’s just another game and just another three points,” said Harrison.
“The matches that will decide who wins the competition won’t be played until the end of the year, and this is just a stepping stone on the way there.
“Both teams have some difficult matches after this one, and a lot can happen between now and the end of August.
“But it’s certainly an important eight days for us, with tonight’s game and the Northern Rail semi final at Sheffield next Friday.
“I think everyone’s excited by the challenge in front of us.”
One thing Harrison is sure of is that tonight’s meeting will not see a repeat of Fax’s astonishing 60-point victory over Rovers at Post Office Road in May.
“That was a freak of nature, a one-off,” said Harrison, who was at Leigh Sports Village last Friday to see Rovers score a crucial away win.
“Featherstone are playing very well at the moment; they are virtually mistake-free with the football and they’ve got some of that biff back into their defence.
“I thought they were head and shoulders above Leigh last week, even though the scoreline was relatively close.”