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Rival boss won’t write off Featherstone Rovers

Halifax coach Richard Marshall.
Halifax coach Richard Marshall.

Halifax head coach Richard Marshall is not writing Featherstone Rovers off despite his side taking a giant stride towards a top four finish with their win over John Duffy’s men.

The 34-20 success for Halifax saw them climb back above Rovers into third place with three games to go and they hold a one-point advantage over the Post Office Road men.

“We’re keeping our feet firmly on the ground; I’m pretty sure there will be a few more twists and turns over the next three weeks,” said Halifax boss Marshall.

“We’re in a better spot than if we’d lost, but that wouldn’t have put us out of it either.

“There’s a lot to play for and it’s the same for Featherstone, but it’s in our hands.

“There’s a lot at stake for all the clubs involved, but I think we thrive on the pressure.”

Marshall was on the winning side for the first time in a home game against Featherstone with Halifax beating Rovers for the first time in 10 years at The Shay.

He said: “We said a couple of weeks ago that to make the four we were going to have to do things we’ve not done before.

“I’d not been involved in a team that’s beaten Featherstone here before and I’ve not been to London and won with this team and that’s our next game.

“They’re all challenges and it’s about meeting those one by one and ticking them off.

On the game against Rovers, Marshall added: “Overall, I thought we were so tough and we nailed the plan for the most part. We completed at 90 per cent, which is unheard of for us.

“There was a spell in the first half when they forced three or four drop-outs and I was probably more confident then than I have been all season; the players are really good at defending those plays.

“We didn’t have much possession in ‘good ball’ in the first half, only two or three chances, but we took them.”