No excuses - Proctor

HALIFAX caretaker assistant coach Andy Proctor made no excuses for his side’s 22-8 defeat at relegation-threatened York last night

The visitors were out-enthused by the City Knights who moved out of the Championship drop zone with the victory

And Fax were even denied a bonus point after the final hooter had sounded when Chris Thorman landed a 45-metre penalty.

“There are no excuses - they were desperate for a win and were the better team,” said Proctor.

“We just didn’t get going.

“The effort was there from the players and they worked hard but they were trying to solve it on their own rather than as a team.

“Individuals were trying things they would not normally try to try to get us back in the game.

“York were outstanding, played almost the perfect game and it goes to show what a class act Thorman is.

“He drove them forward and they were desperate to win.”

York took a 13th-minute lead through Alex Benson but Fax hit back almost immediately when Paul White went in for the first of his two tries.

But they were 10 points behind by the break and it went downhill from there.

“We just could not get a hold on the game,” he said. “We could not get any go-forward and they snuffed us out.

“It is quite a narrow pitch and we are quite an expansive team which put us under a little bit of pressure.”

None of the players missing through injury against Widnes seven days earlier were in the Fax squad and they lost Anthony Bowman before half time with an ankle strain.

“We have 17 days before the next game so hopefully we will have some troops back,” said Proctor.

“But the feeling is good in the camp.

“It was a bit of a knock back last night because it just wouldn’t happen for us.”