HALIFAX threequarter Lee Paterson has insisted he has no intention of surrendering the club’s goal kicking job, despite his mixed early season form.
Paterson, the second best goal kicker in the country last season behind Wigan’s Pat Richards with 143, failed to hit the target at all in pre season and landed just two from seven in the 28-22 opening day win at Swinton.
But after kicking five from seven in last weekend’s rout of Oldham - before an ankle injury forced him from the field midway through the second half - Paterson believes he has turned a corner.
“If I was hitting them badly, I’d be worried, but I’m not,” said Paterson, who is well aware he has new half back signings and accomplished marksmen Danny Jones and Graham Holroyd breathing down his neck.
“I have been practicing more, and they have been going over from everywhere.
“Then you get on the field in a game and you miss one and it plays on your mind a bit, but I got a few over on Sunday so hopefully things will pick up now.
“They were easier ones, but it will help with the confidence levels.
“If it was costing us wins, I would have given it up by now, but it hasn’t and with a bit of luck I’ve turned a corner.
“I am sure Danny or Holly would love to do it, but I want to carry on.
“Hopefully, the injury won’t keep me out for too long, so we’ll see what happens after that.”
While boss Matt Calland was not expected to name his squad for Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup trip to Whitehaven until tomorrow, Paterson seems unlikely to recover in time to face the Cumbrians.
But even though Haven are now languishing in Championship One after last season’s collapse, on and off the field, the centre warned of a rough ride at the Recreation Ground.
“We have played them a lot in some big games over the last few years and although we are not that close to them there is almost a derby rivalry that has developed,” he said.
“They are going through a tough time at the moment but going there is never going to be easy.
“We just need to pick up where we left off against Oldham.”
l HALIFAX are running coach travel to Whitehaven on Sunday, leaving the Shay at 10am.
Seats are £13 for adults and £6 for children and further details are available from Neil Arber on 077144 88080.