Saxton looks forward to making Rovers return

Former Featherstone winger Tommy Saxton: "Hopefully I'll get a good reception." Picture: John Clifton.
Former Featherstone winger Tommy Saxton: "Hopefully I'll get a good reception." Picture: John Clifton.

Halifax winger Tommy Saxton will be out to sink his old club Featherstone in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship play-off tie at Big Fellas Stadium (3.00pm).

The 30-year-old is looking forward to going up against his old team-mates as Halifax attempt to avenge their recent 20-4 home defeat against Rovers.

“I enjoyed myself in my time playing for Featherstone, the fans were great and hopefully I’ll get a good reception,” said Saxton.

“The atmosphere is fantastic at Featherstone, especially for the big games, and it would be good to have a massive following behind us. Rovers have beaten us twice this season and we are going into the game knowing we owe it to the fans to put in a good performance.”

A last-day victory over Barrow Raiders coupled with Doncaster’s defeat to Batley Bulldogs saw Halifax clinch third spot in the league and Saxton feels the pressure is on for them to improve at the business end of the season.

“We have been struggling a little bit for consistency this year,” said Saxton. “Our goal was to finish in the top two but it was still nice to finish third.

“Last time we played Featherstone they were too good for us. We were playing reasonably well until the last time we played them and in the last few weeks the wheels fell off a little bit.

“The attitude and commitment were there, we just needed to apply ourselves a little bit more.”

Tickets for the Sunday’s qualifying play-off tie can be purchased from £17 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for children.