By Stephen Ibbetson
Halifax RLFC are on the road this Sunday as they make the trip to Cumbria to face Barrow Raiders at Craven Park (3pm kick-off)
Fax scored 50 points for the first time this season last time out, defeating Batley Bulldogs 50-12 to maintain their place in the top four of the Betfred Championship table.
Things couldn’t be tighter with five matches remaining though, with Fax just a point behind Toulouse in 2nd yet only a point ahead of Leigh Centurions in 6th.
Halifax come into the game in good form, with four wins out of the last five matches and just one defeat in seven.
They have also won three of their last four away fixtures, scoring 30 points or more in each.
Fax will also want to keep up their record of not losing a single game this season against bottom half opposition when they face a Barrow side that lie in 8th.
The Raiders have lost their last two matches to Featherstone Rovers and Toronto Wolfpack, shipping 116 points in the process, but won their last game at Craven Park 20-6 against Rochdale Hornets.
Head to Head
Halifax were the victors when the two sides met at the MBi Shay Stadium back in March, with Elliot Morris, Steve Tyrer, Sion Jones and Conor McGrath bagging the tries and Tyrer kicking seven goals.
That was a fourth consecutive win for Fax over the Raiders in all competitions, in a run that stretches back to 2013 when Barrow won 26-12 at Craven Park.
Halifax’s last trip to Barrow was a very successful one, winning 56-16 in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup in 2015.
Ben Heaton is the only one of last week’s 17 to drop out of Richard Marshall’s squad, with Conor McGrath coming back into contention and Will Maher returning after appearing for Castleford Tigers last week in their win over Wigan Warriors.
Barrow have a number of players returning after only naming 14 players for the 64-0 defeat at Toronto, while there could be a first appearance for Ryan Burroughs who has arrived on loan from the Wolfpack.
Barrow Raiders Squad: Shane Toal, Jamie Dallimore, Joe Bullock, Nathan Mossop, Dan Toal, Jarrad Stack, Karl Ashall, Glenn Riley, Alec Susino, Matty While, Ryan Johnston, Dean Parata, Tom Loxam, Danny Morrow, Jonathan Smith, Ryan Duffy, Johnny Pownell, Ben Garner, Ryan Burroughs.
Halifax RLFC Squad: Will Sharp, Steve Tyrer, Ed Barber, James Saltonstall, Scott Murrell, Ben Johnston, Elliot Morris, Ben Kaye, Adam Tangata, Shane Grady, Simon Grix, Jacob Fairbank, Brandon Moore, James Woodburn-Hall, Will Maher, Chester Butler, Conor McGrath, Kieren Moss, Dan Fleming.