Marshall thrilled with confidence-boosting derby day victory

Halifax chief Richard Marshall admitted that their derby day victory over Bradford was massive for the team’s confidence.

After losing four of their opening six league matches, Fax responded with victory over Oldham on Good Friday.

However, they truly asserted their intentions with victory over Bradford, defeating the Bulls 14-10 to get their season well and truly back on track.

After a number of narrow defeats against their top four rivals, Marshall admitted coming through their derby clash will do his team’s confidence a whole lot of good.

“I think the result was important for where we’ve been at over the last few weeks,” he said.

“We’ve been playing teams when we’ve been in with a shout. Today we were in with a shout, but then we got the two points which was important.

“It will do a lot that. Bradford are a good team and they’re going to be up there at the end of the season. They were unbeaten (in the league) before today, so to get that little accolade over our local rivals as well is important for the fans, the town and everyone involved. When we needed to convert this game and get it done, we did the job today.

“We’re not doing it the easy way, but we were cleaner with the ball today and our defence was on song, it was back to the old times really for this team.”