We won’t underestimate Workington, says Marshall

Halifax coach Richard Marshall has insisted that his side will not underestimate Sunday’s opponents Workington despite their lowly position on the league table.

Town have won just one of their 11 games so far in 2016 and are four points adrift at the foot of the Championship ladder but, after Fax’s 23-14 win against Dewsbury last week, Marshall is not taking Town for granted this weekend.

He said: “I was pleased to get a league win after our comprehensive Cup win. It was important for us against a decent Dewsbury team. We didn’t seal it until late on in the second half and we need to put some of these games to bed a little bit earlier, we needed to slog it out.

“We won’t be taking Workington lightly, far from it. I know Phil will have them pumped up like he did when we went up there earlier in the year. We’re building again, we’ve got a bit to do with our squad but I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at and confident and hopeful we can put in a good performance this week.”

Workington’s most recent defeat was a 52-16 loss at Bradford last weekend, and coach Phil Veivers said: “For 14 minutes in the first half and 13 and a half minutes in the second half we didn’t see the ball. We had 25 sets in the game and they had 37. Basically we’re just sapping our energy with the amount of tackling we’re having to do and we were made to pay.

“It was a blow-out towards the end of the game but I thought that in patches we showed we could compete. It’s frustrating.

“Halifax have been going good, Richie’s got them playing some good footy. They’ve got some dominant forwards and a smart half-back in Scott Murrell.”

Hooker Callum Phillips and wing Chris Murphy are doubtful following head knocks. Second row Jarrard Stack is available and possibly wing Sam Forrester and loose forward Liam McAvoy.