Marshall delighted with Fax’s derby day triumph


Richard Marshall conceded that his side’s victory over Bradford was massive in the race for the top four, despite talking it down before the match.

The Halifax chief claimed in the build-up to the contest that the game was more important for Bradford, given their full-time status and expectations.

However after registering a fourth consecutive victory over their bitter rivals, a result that moved them up to third in the Championship, Marshall admitted it was a vital victory for his team.

“It’s a big victory,” Marshall admitted.

“It’s a great victory for us over our local rivals, our supporters will be going home back to Halifax very happy and buoyed by what we’ve done.

“We battled through and we looked battle-hardened at the minute. We lost a couple of players early and every individual probably upped their game by 10 to 15 percent for us.”

Despite Halifax’s rise into third spot, Marshall insists they have plenty of work to do in the final four weeks of the season to secure a spot in the top four.

“I really don’t want to get carried away, we got on a roll last year and we managed to get into the four. We’re on a similar journey at the moment, but it can all come crumbling down if your action and ethics don’t match up. We’re good at the moment, we’re working hard and we don’t have too many injuries.

“We don’t want to fall in love with ourselves because there’s a lot of work to do, but we’re in a great position.”

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