Halifax match preview

Date published: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Oldham v Halifax (Bower Fold, Friday, March 25, 3pm kick-off)

Oldham beat community club Kells 40-6 in the Cup. Coach Scott Naylor said: “It was good to get a win under our belt and score a few tries. Halifax will be tough. We’ve got a few players with knocks and had it been a Sunday game they would have played but we’ve got a few players coming back and dual-reg so we’ll be OK.”

Halifax had a comfortable 78-0 Cup win over community club Pilkington Recs. Coach Richard Marshall said: “It was a good occasion and a good day for us. We needed to be good defensively because we’ve been a bit ill-disciplined in that area. We were more pleased about the zero than the 78 points.

“Oldham are a good team at home. I watched the Kells game and they were very strong so we’ve got to treat them with the utmost respect. In this competition anybody can beat anybody, which we’ve seen in the league programme and the Challenge Cup.

“I’m really looking forward to the Easter programme, these lads want to play; although it is tough for part-time teams to back up. We’ll play Bradford on Monday and get a tremendous crowd for that.”

Stand-off Scott Murrell returns to the squad but utility back Ben Johnston is still missing and centre Steve Tyrer is out with a calf injury.