Paterson keen to keep kicking

HALIFAX centre Lee Paterson has confirmed he wants to keep the club’s goalkicking job ahead of Sunday’s third round Challenge Cup date with amateurs Myton after marking his return to the role with four-from-four in last weekend’s win at York.

Paterson, the top points scorer outside Super League in 2010 - a season when only Wigan ace Pat Richards scored more in the professional game - made his first start since returning from knee surgery against the Knights in place of another marksman, the injured Steve Tyrer.

And now the Lancashire-based back, who also impressed in open play, is hoping he has done enough to get the chance to add to his haul against Sunday’s National Conference underdogs.

“You have to worry about making the side first before thinking about who is going to be kicking,” said Paterson, whose 100 per cent tally - all from close to the sideline - proved crucial as Fax bagged a 24-18 win courtesy of skipper Sean Penkywicz’s final-play try.

“But I’ve always said that if I am in the team, I want to carry on doing it.

“I was happy overall with last weekend; it was my first 80 minutes since I did my knee last June and the kicks went over okay.

“Early on, when we were 12-0 up, it didn’t look like they were going to matter.

“But when it was 18-all towards the end, and Chris Thorman hadn’t missed any for them, I suppose they were a bit more important.

“I don’t want to jinx it though by talking about it too much.

“I was just happy to be involved in what was a pretty good win.”

Paterson revealed that head coach Karl Harrison - who has four proven kickers on his roster in Paterson, Tyrer, Paul Handforth and Mick Nanyn - has yet to have his say on the situation.

But with Tyrer potentially returning this weekend from a sternum problem, that moment could be close.

“There’s not really been a decision to make so far,” said Paterson.

“At the start of the year I was injured, so it was down to Mick and Steve really.

“Mick’s obviously done his knee early on, so Steve took it on and then when he was missing last week I got a chance.

“We might decide on the day after the warm up, which is what me and Tiger (Handforth) did at York.

“He was knocking them over from all over the place and then he just said to me ‘Do you fancy it?’ and that was that really.

“In the end though, if Karl gets involved it’s his choice and we’ll all accept that.”