Marshall praise as Fax ‘find a way to win’

Scott Murrell
Scott Murrell

Richard Marshall praised his Halifax side’s determination to get a result after seeing them beat Hunslet 32-24 at the Shay.

Fax ended the Easter weekend in fifth place in the Championship after late tries from Scott Murrell and James Saltonstall overhauled a 24-20 deficit to secure victory.

Marshall’s side, deprived of winger Tommy Saxton and half back Ben Johnston after they failed fitness tests, did it the hard way, losing Jacob Fairbank (ankle), Steve Tyrer (knee) and Adam Robinson (wrist) to injury and playing the bulk of the second half with one interchange player.

“We found a way to win; the players are a pretty tight unit and they worked hard for each other to get a result,” said Marshall.

“You can tell when they’ve worked really hard and given everything because you know they should be in that dressing room, jumping around, elated.

“They’re not; they’re that tired they can hardly lift their heads up.

“We lost Jacob, we lost Ste Tyrer, then Adam Robinson, and we had to reshuffle again.

“We’d already done that once before the game, with Chris Taylor coming in for Johnston and Alex Brown for Saxton.

“I thought Browny did great, especially as he hadn’t been expecting to play; he had a real dig for us when he could have spat his dummy out.

“There were plenty of them that played well; Ben Kaye played three different positions and made the break for Scott’s try, Saltonstall was really good again.

“We’ve shown what a good team we are in that second half and ground out a win in pretty difficult circumstances.

“We knew we needed to win the game for our confidence going forward, a good effort by itself wasn’t enough.”