HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison is confident yesterday’s pre-season setback at Dewsbury won’t have a negative effect on his plans for the start of the Co-operative Championship campaign.
After a superb 42-16 trial triumph over at Keighley Cougars on Boxing Day, the Northern Rail Cup holders were brought back down to earth with a 23-10 defeat against the Rams.
Harrison has admitted the loss was tough to take.
But he knows that with at least half-a-dozen of his senior players sitting out this game against a Dewsbury side who fielded their strongest available line-up, he remains upbeat.
And he is confident that when his side takes to the field for the final pre-season game at home to Batley on Sunday, January 20, it’ll be a different Halifax.
“Nobody ever likes losing, but this defeat is hardly the end of the world,” said Harrison, who was pleased to report a clean bill of health from the 20-man squad in action on the day.
“After that very good win over Keighley we had a full week’s break, and that clearly showed in our performance. I think I’d describe the performance as organised chaos.
“But we’ve got some video work to do tonight, which will help us pin-point the areas we need to work on, and then we can start building up to the Batley game.
“This defeat against Dewsbury – who I have to say I thought played really, really well – has in no way knocked us off our course.
“Sometimes a loss, particularly in pre-season, doesn’t do you any harm at all, and hopefully we’ll be able to use the events of yesterday to our advantage.
“Everything we’re doing now is geared up to making sure we’re exactly where we want to be for the start of the season, and at the moment we remain firmly on track.”
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