Raiders represent an acid test of Fax’s resurgence
NEW beginning or false dawn? We’ll be finding out the answer to that question about 4.35pm tomorrow.
There is no doubt that Halifax desperately needed last weekend’s victory over Dewsbury, so from that perspective the glass is definitely half full.
And Matt Calland’s side will certainly feel better about themselves having stuck 56 points past the Rams.
But with Barrow arriving at the Shay on the back of their own Easter upsurge, victory over Widnes and an almost equally impressive close-call at Leigh on Good Friday - results which, with all due respect to Dewsbury, carry rather more cache - it is those 24 points last weekend’s visitors scored that create a nagging sense of doubt.
For all the talk of an improved effort in that area, you cannot escape the fact that the Rams were pretty awful last weekend.
It took them half an hour to gain a decent attacking foothold, from which they scored, and they then posted those three back-toback tries in the last four minutes to give their side of the scoreboard a deceptive gloss.
Sure, Fax were out on their feet having played out the second period with only one fit interchange player.
But given that Barrow have Catic, Luisi, Rooney, Harrison, Gleeson and co, an arsenal of attacking talent Dewsbury could only dream of, the threat to their line tomorrow will be infinitely greater than it was seven days ago.
If Fax can withstand that, then their revival really will be beyond question.
Staying in: Danny Jones is back in the driving seat at half back after replacing Ben Black during last weekend’s win over Dewsbury