Marshall heaps praise on young Fax trio

Relieved Halifax head coach Richard Marshall was delighted to see his side break their losing streak in victory over Whitehaven.

Fax had lost six consecutive games ahead of their Bank Holiday trip up to Cumbria, but broke their unwanted record with a 30-10 victory over relegation-threatened Haven.

Victory means they need just one victory from their final four games to secure second spot in the Championship Shield, and Marshall was happy to see his side return to winning ways.

“Winning was important today,” Marshall told the Halifax Courier.

“It’s no less important when you’re playing against a team who are fighting for their lives and they were desperate today and good value.

“It was an evenly matched game all day but a couple of individuals sparked us up I thought.”

Marshall was particularly impressed with three reserve-side graduates, who impressed in victory. Prop Luke Nelmes was handed his debut, while Chester Butler and Hull FC-bound Nick Rawsthorne got their first tries for the club.

“I must give praise to the young lads who came into the team.

“Chester, Nick and Luke were excellent. There’s probably four or five 20 year-olds in the dressing room and to come to somewhere like Whitehaven on Bank Holiday Monday against a tough, physical team and come away with a result and a performance is pleasing.”