Marshall wants home comforts in Challenge Cup

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Halifax coach Richard Marshall has his eye on a home tie ahead of Tuesday night’s draw for the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

Marshall watched his side cruise past Championship One side Barrow on Sunday, full back James Saltonstall touching down twice in a 56-16 success.

And now the former Warrington assistant coach - who was a member of Tony Smith’s backroom staff for the Wolves’ three Wembley wins - wants to take his side back to the Shay in the next round.

Tonight’s draw features the four lowest ranked Super League sides, with the rest due to enter in round six.

“We could do with a home tie, I’d like to try and build some momentum there,” said Marshall.

“I’ve no real preference for who we play. Are we ready for one of the big boys from Super League? Probably not quite yet.

“That said, if we did get a home tie against a Super League team we’d give it a real good go.”

Marshall, who rested several players for the trip to Cumbria and withdrew half backs Scott Murrell and Ben Johnston after Fax had romped to a 40-0 half time lead, declared himself content with his side’s form, admitting the one-sided opening half impacted on the second 40 minutes, which ended 16-16.

“We were dominant in that first half and that can harm you when you eventually have to defend,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be defending, I want us to be on the attack, scoring tries.

“But when you are challenged without the ball, you really need to concentrate, make sure you don’t give penalties away, make sure you don’t miss the tackles.

“We didn’t do that particularly well in the second half and Barrow came back really well.

“We had Chris Taylor and Ben Kaye playing half back and we ran with one interchange player in that second half.

“But with the quality of players we have in the squad, I still think we had enough class to pull away again and we didn’t do that.

“It was really having a look at who else could play in those half back positions, if needs be.

“When we got to 40 points, we got the chance to do that.

“A verdict? We didn’t score the same number of points and we maybe missed a little bit of organisation, but maybe the passes just weren’t sticking like they were in the first half.

“Overall though, I think there were some positives for everyone.”