Marshall pleased with second-half showing

Halifax coach Richard Marshall believes his side’s second-half performance was one of the best this season.

With ‘Fax only four points in front of Rochdale at the break, Halifax won the second half by 20 points to pull away to a comfortable 48-24 victory.

“I thought the second half was up there this year, certainly offensively, and we weren’t going to concede a try in that second half until the last play,” said Marshall.

“But they got 18 points in the first half, so our defence certainly needs to improve.

“There are things we need to be better at in that area, especially on the goal line.

“We looked sharp and dangerous though; it’s a small field and you end up having a lot of time in ‘good ball’ and I thought our time down there was well spent.”

With Ben Johnston currently injured, James Woodburn-Hall has made the scrum half spot his own and scored a hat-trick, drawing praise from his coach.

“James was really good; he is a talented player, he always has been,” added Marshall.

“He probably needs to take some belief and confidence out of that performance and I think a few of the others do too.

“When Scott (Murrell) went off he had to organise the team and he did really well in that department.

“Scott has a groin injury, which we hope isn’t too serious, but he wasn’t going back on.