Fax’s foes are in good heart

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Halifax can expect no easy ride at home to Batley today (3.0) as they bid to extend their six-match winning sequence.

Richard Marshall’s side are now favourites to clinch fourth spot in the Kingstone Press Championship, which would see them compete against the bottom four teams in Super League for the chance to clinch promotion.

However, the ninth-placed Bulldogs are looking to build momentum before the competition splits and will be in good heart after last weekend’s 34-6 win over bottom side Doncaster.

Bulldogs coach John Kear was pleased with that success.

He said: “The win moves us up the table, but we need to keep picking up points to get into the play-off positions, which shows how tight it is in this mini-league at the bottom.

“We’ve been playing well and getting nothing for it in certain games, but (last Sunday) we played well and got rewarded.

“They played well, there were some really good signs.

“I think we would have posted a more comprehensive score had the rain not come.

“I was very pleased with the first half performance and the defence.”