Fax centre Steve Tyrer insisted that Sunday’s return to the Shay after a seven week absence was the main reason behind the 50-18 Kingstone Press Championshiop success over Whitehaven.
Karl Harrison’s side had been forced onto the road for their previous six matches due work on the playing surface at the Shay.
Another side from Cumbria, Barrow Raiders, had been the last side to visit Halifax on May 5, and they too had been despatched in equally ruthless fashion.
Tyrer was one of a number of Fax players who relished playing in front of the home support, scoring two tries and kicking seven goals as the visitors were put to the sword.
“We always know that when we are at home, if we do break teams down, then we’ve got the skills to put scores on and we have shown that at the Shay this season,” said Tyrer.
“I think we have posted 50 points and more in our last five or six home games so we know that when we get a roll on we can score some nice tries.
“It’s been awful these last few weeks. We have been training in Halifax and preparing on a big pitch, but then having to play on smaller ones.
“We don’t really suit a small surface but we have handled it and come through the other side, and now we’re looking forward to getting the most out of our home games to come.”
Whitehaven gave Fax a tough examination for the best part of an hour before Harrison’s side showed superior skills and fitness to pull away.
“They are a big set of boys and they have some good dual-reg players in their squad,” added Tyrer. “They are a tough team to break down and it took us 60 minutes to do that.
“I was happy with the way I played. It is always good to score some points in front of your own support,
“The hot conditions made it difficult, but we stayed patient and deserved the result.”
Tyrer is now licking his lips at the prospect of tacking fellow front runners Featherstone at the Shay on Thursday night.
“It’s the big one,” he added. “Fev home and away are the fixtures we look for first.
“They’re going well and I would say they have been the stand-out team at this level for a couple of seasons now, and we have to make sure we match them.
“I am confident that everyone who pulls that shirt on on Thursday will put everything into their game.”