Marshall backs Fax to shock again as they eye up unlikely top four spot

Richard Marshall has refused to put a limit on what Halifax can achieve this season as they go in search of another unlikely top-four finish.

Fax’s superb victory over Featherstone at Summer Bash has put the part-timers in the driving seat heading into the business end of the season.

Marshall’s side plays Batley on Saturday in what is a game in hand over the other sides in the top half of the table.

Victory would move Fax into third, putting them ahead of full-time opposition with overwhelmingly superior budgets.

But Fax have already defied the odds to reach the top four in two of the previous three years, and Marshall believes they can do the same again this year.

“If you look at the budgets and the rosters of the other teams we probably shouldn’t be there,” he said.

“But you get what you deserve, if you deserve to be up in the top four or whatever you’ll get that. These players deserve to finish as high as their work rate allows, and what they’re willing to do with each other.

“Any coach worth his salt has to bottle that up and capture it week on week.”

And Marshall believes they still have plenty of improvement in them ahead of their trip to face the Bulldogs.

“We’ve not put two halves of rugby together, so if I’m honest I don’t think we’ve seen the best of this group.”