HALIFAX assistant coach Damian Ball reckons Saturday night’s short-handed success at Barrow could be the perfect springboard for victory in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup final against Leigh.
Fax triumphed 24-16 in a Championship fixture pivotal to their play off chances, despite playing 43 minutes with 12 men following the dismissal of prop Frank Watene and had just two fit replacements in the second half after injuries to Ryan Fieldhouse and Ryan Clayton.
“The intensity of the game was awesome, just what we needed going into Sunday,” said Ball.
“Going down to 12 men wasn’t an excuse to lose the game, Brian Noble made that quite clear in the dressing room at half time.
“Just because we were defending a man down didn’t mean we were going to give up on it.
“Defensively I thought we were outstanding over the 80 minutes and defending like that builds a lot of confidence.
“It might not have been the prettiest, but it was certainly one of the grittiest wins I have been involved with.
“It’s a measure of the progress, from where we were eight or nine weeks ago to where we are now.
“We are going to need to be totally on our game on Sunday, because Leigh have a lot of threats.
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