Featherstone Rovers v Halifax: Hay and Marshall set for crunch meeting

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers and Halifax have no margins for error as they face a crucial Kingstone Press Championship fixture this weekend.

Dewsbury Rams currently hold the all-important fourth spot in the table, thanks to a points difference advantage over Featherstone of just three.

Halifax – who visit Big Fellas Stadium tonight – are two points behind Rovers, in sixth and Featherstone coach Andy Hay reckons his team need to go up a gear from last weekend’s 44-16 thrashing of Batley Bulldogs.

“I thought our performance last week as a team was a bit below par,” Hay said.

“That might have been down to the fact we played Leigh the week before, but we dropped off a bit.

“But we have been going okay, we’ve been improving week on week and that’s all we can do.”

With Halifax snapping at Rovers’ heels, Hay added: “It’s a big game, they have been playing well up to the last two or three weeks.

“They’ve progressed well during the year, as we have as well.

“There’s a lot at stake and it seems every year when we play Halifax it is a massive game.

“We are expecting it to be physical, they’ve got some big players who are playing well.

“Both teams can play some good rugby. There’s a lot of history between the clubs and I think it’s going to be another good game.”

Richard Marshall’s Halifax side go into the game on the back of a good win at Workington Town: “Featherstone is a big game, we’re looking forward to it. If we’ve got any aspirations to finish the season on a high this is a game we need to win really.

“Both teams have improved. They’re a good team at home, they use the slope well and have got the crowd at their back. We’ll have to combat all that.”

Half-back Danny Craven will be back for Halifax.