Richard Marshall: We want an 80-minute performance

8th March 2019, 14:31

Richard Marshall: We want an 80-minute performance

By Tom Smith | Photo by Simon Hall

Richard Marshall has called for Halifax to produced an 80-minute performance as their aim to maintain their 100% home record this Sunday against Dewsbury Rams. 

Swinton Lions, Batley Bulldogs and Leigh Centurions have all been on the losing side at the MBi Shay Stadium this season and head coach Marshall says his side are going to have to "work hard for the entire 80 minutes" if they are to extend that run. 

The visitors sit four places behind Fax in ninth place and will be looking to pickup their second win of the season. 

"Dewsbury are a big strong team," said Marshall. "They have big forwards who like to dominate, and It will be tough in there because they have a strong kicking game, this week they signed Liam Finn and they have Paul Sykes, so they have experienced players in their squad.”

"Our home form has been good this season, it is not just because of one thing there are different reasons. Our supporters have got behind the team in every game which makes a big difference, the players also must take credit because they’ve played well under pressure."

"We are going to have to keep working hard and I want us to perform well in both halves, I felt like we built momentum in the last 10 minutes against Swinton and came through that test so hopefully we can carry on this Sunday.”

Ed Barber and Reece Chapman-Smith return to the 19-man squad for this week’s fixture and Marshall said they are both deserving of their selection. “Reece really deserves his place in the squad this week and Ed Barber wasn’t available last week, but he is ready to go.” 

Ben Johnston returned to action last weekend and Marshall praised his affect on the side. “Ben was really lively last week and made a few good breaks for us when he got on the ball, it was very good to have him back," added the boss.

"It is a team sport and we got through the game and ended up with the win and that is the most important thing. I thought Simon Grix was immense and he really built a solid platform for us not only in the last 10 minutes but throughout the whole game. Steve Tyrer kicked another vital goal for us which he has already done a few times this season."