By Jacob Kilbride
Halifax RLFC travel to Batley Bulldogs this weekend with a victory at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium moving them up to third in the Betfred Championship table.
Halifax currently sit fifth in the league standings and if they can take two points against Batley this weekend, they will leapfrog Featherstone Rovers and London Broncos into third place.
Buoyed by last weekend’s dramatic 24-18 victory over rivals Featherstone Rovers at the Summer Bash, Fax enter this fixture as the form side.
Six victories have come from the last eight matches, including a couple of big wins in their previous two matches away from home, against Sheffield (42-6) and Dewsbury (46-18).
For Batley, the Bash brought a narrow 20-18 defeat to derby rivals Dewsbury although proceeding that was a couple of good wins over Rochdale Hornets.
Head to Head
Batley hasn’t proved to be a happy hunting ground for Fax in recent years, with just one win coming from their last five visits to Mount Pleasant.
Fax have lost in successive matches against the Bulldogs, although they did win 40-22 in the last meeting between these two sides at the MBi Shay Stadium, with James Saltonstall and Will Sharp each bagging braces.
Halifax make two changes to their squad for tomorrow's match as James Woodburn-Hall returns after a spell out of the side with an ankle injury whilst James Green is back in on dual regstration from Castleford Tigers.
Simon Grix misses out with a groin strain whilst Brandon Douglas (knee) and Harry Kidd (ACL) remain on the sidelines due to injuries.
Batley Bulldogs squad: Reiss Butterworth, Jason Crookes, Izzac Farrell, Lewis Galbraith, Tommy Holland, Daniel Sowerby, Keenen Tomlinson, Michael Ward, David Scott, Sam Smeaton, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, Bradley Day, Joel Farrell, Patrick Walker, Joseph Chandler, James Harrison, Alex Bretherton
Halifax RLFC: squad: Ed Barber, Chester Butler, Jacob Fairbank, Dan Fleming, Shane Grady, James Green, Ben Heaton, Ben Johnston, Sion Jones, Ben Kaye, Will Maher, Brandon Moore, Elliot Morris, Scott Murrell, James Saltonstall, Will Sharp, Adam Tangata, Steve Tyrer, James Woodburn-Hall
What Richard Marshall says: "There will be some changes to the team but the 17 that goes on the field will have enough to win the game, if they do everything that they say that they're going to do."
What Scott Murrell says: "Batley are a quality team and I've know Disco (Matt Diskin, coach) a lot of years, he's a quality coach. They've got some big men, coming down that famous hill, so it's going to be a toough game."
Article photo credit to Simon Hall.