Marshall wants style as well as substance from new-look Fax

Halifax celebrate James Saltonstall's second try
Halifax celebrate James Saltonstall's second try

Halifax coach Richard Marshall underlined his side’s intent to entertain after they kicked off their Championship season with a 44-16 win at Whitehaven.

Fax, making their first competitive start since the former Warrington assistant coach took charge, ran in nine tries at the Recreation Ground, with only marksman Steve Tyrer’s relatively modest four-from-nine denying them the half century.

New wingers Alex Brown and James Saltonstall, who saw off last season’s regular starters Gareth Potts and Tommy Saxton for places on the flanks, both scored twice with back rower Adam Robinson also bagging a double as the visitors moved the ball to the edges at every opportunity.

“I thought the tries we scored were first class, really skilful,” said Marshall, whose side now host last season’s champions Leigh, winners of a bad tempered game against fellow full-timers Bradford yesterday, at the Shay on Sunday (3.0).

“It’s good they have the confidence to take the ball to the edges, to the wings, and put the plays on and I thought they did that really well.

“That little interplay between Steve Tyrer and Miles Greenwood for James’ second try was great, I enjoyed watching it.

“I encourage them to score tries and they’re all worth four points.

“But what we want to do is entertain - not just the people watching from the stands, but ourselves first and foremost - and be proud of the kind of game we put out on the field each week.

“Overall, I was pleased with a lot of what we did.”

“Next week is a big game for us; it’s a full time team against a part time, semi professional team, so I think everyone will be motivated for it.”

If Marshall had a complaint, it was that his side hadn’t taken their game on stage further and put even more points on the board.

“We started really well,” said Marshall, whose side led 28-10 at the break.

“But we knew it would be difficult coming here and they ground us down a little bit towards the end of the first half.

“The pitch was heavy and it got a bit tit-for-tat and they score, we score, which I wasn’t too happy about.

“I thought we were in a position at one stage to really shut the game down and we didn’t do it, so that’s something we will look at.”