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.