Sheriffe waiting on injury news

Callum Casey leads the tackling effort during Sunday's victory over Barrow
Callum Casey leads the tackling effort during Sunday's victory over Barrow

Rikki Sheriffe will be hoping he can shake off a calf problem as he looks to keep his place in Fax’s starting line up for Friday night’s Challenge Cup fifth round clash with Sheffield at the Don Valley Stadium.

Sheriffe, who celebrated his 29th birthday by helping Fax secure a 56-30 Championship success over Barrow last Sunday, suffered the injury during the match which makes him a doubt for Sheffield.

“I didn’t play in the Fev game which I was gutted about, but it’s a long season and I know I have to take my chances in the first team when they come along,” said Sheriffe.

“I was glad to be back against Barrow, but then I pulled up with a slightly tight calf. I am hoping it won’t affect my selection for the Sheffield game but I have a feeling it might.

“It is a quick turnaround and obviously we have players throughout the team who can come in and do the same job.

“To keep your spot is really hard so any injury can be very frustrating.

“If I come through training then I will play but if not it will be touch and go.”

Another cause of frustration for Sheriffe was his disallowed try in the first half against Barrow after he had earlier posted his side’s first points of the afternoon.

“The officials said I had my feet in touch, but I am sure that I didn’t,” added Sheriffe. “A lot of other people agreed with me but you have to accept the decisions and carry on.”

Like his coach and teammates, Sheriffe admitted to being impressed by the way Barrow went about their business in the first half last weekend when they matched Fax tackle for tackle and took an 18-16 half-time lead before being bulldozed in the early stages of the second half.

“After the cup defeat here, Barrow knew they had to come back, do their tackling and do the basics and all credit to them,” said Sheriffe.

“They frustrated us in the first half, but in the second half our superior fitness told.

“We have some old heads in the team and we knew we had to get back to the game plan, and in the first 20 minutes of the second half that is what we did.

“It was a good response to the Fev defeat. All we could do was dust ourselves down after that and come back with a win.

“We didn’t like leaking 30 points, but we scored over 50 again so we have to be happy with the result.”