Thackeray: Fax attack on the up

HALIFAX half back Anthony Thackeray believes the Co-operative Championship leaders’ attacking game is finally clicking into gear ahead of Sunday’s crucial league date at second-placed Batley.

Fax travel to Mount Pleasant on the back of crushing victories over Featherstone and Dewsbury on consecutive weekends, which has seen them run in an aggregate 110 points.

And Thackeray believes it is the clearest signal yet that Karl Harrison’s new-look side - rebuilt from scratch over the winter - are getting their act together with the ball in hand.

“We put a lot of points on again at the weekend and it’s looking good,” said Thackeray, who admitted his own combination with the former Batley skipper Paul Handforth has been relatively slow to ignite.

“It’s fair to say it’s not been quick, but it’s a whole new team.

“It’s not just about me and Tiger, it’s about how Sean Penkywicz plays at hooker, how all the forwards play, how the centres play.

“They’ve all come into a new team as well and it was always going to take a little bit of time.

“The more we get our hands on the ball, the better for the team.

“The big fellas are going well up front and that’s allowed me and Tiger and Penky to link up a bit more.

“We’re a team that can attack from anywhere and with the players we have we will always do that.”

One common denominator over the last fortnight has been the weather, with relatively dry conditions after the deluge of April.

“Summer conditions gives players like Penky, who is probably the best dummy half runner in the league, a lot more chances and it gives me and Tiger a better chance of doing our job as well,” said Thackeray, who knows that Sunday’s game, which will reunite Harrison and five of his team with their former employers, is potentially explosive.

“You get 60 one week and 50 the week after - and we could probably have scored 60 on Sunday if we’re honest - and it looks like it is starting to happen in attack.

“We still want to be better than we were against Dewsbury, but the signs are definitely there.”

STAND off Anthony Bowman scored two tries as Halifax’s under 23s beat Keighley 28-16 at the Shay last night.

Touchdowns from Bowman and forward Ian Davies, plus two Gareth Hynes conversions, gave Fax a 12-0 interval lead.

Bowman, Chris Holroyde and Oliver Barrett added second half scores, with Hynes kicking two more goals.