One side picked up a big win last weekend while the other could only manage a draw. Who will end up on the right side of the scoreline at Heywood Road on Sunday?
Last Time Out
In a low-scoring match at the Zebra Claims Stadium, Swinton Lions played out a 10-10 draw with Workington Town. Nothing separated the two teams at half-time as the score read 6-6. Jamie Doran broke the deadlock for the hosts before the Lions got on the board through winger Liam Marshall. Workington’s Scott McAvoy and Swinton’s Matty Behrarell were both in the sin-bin during the first half due to tripping and kicking the ball away respectively. In the second half, Jarrod Sammut kicked two penalty goals in succession to put Town in front by four points but that lead was cancelled out when Marshall bagged his second try of the game with three minutes to go. The conversion was unsuccessful and neither team could find themselves a winning try or drop goal.
Halifax were the big winners of last weekend as they over into third place with a 32-24 victory over Bradford Bulls. The score reads a lot closer than what it was as Bradford notched two tries in the dying embers of the tie. Fax held a six point advantage at the break after Adam Tangata and Scott Murrell responded to Kieren Moss’s opener with a try apiece. In the second half, James Saltonstall touched down for Fax during the opening stages before Bradford forward Kurt Haggerty kept the game close with a 51st minute try. However, Fax soon put the burners on by registered three tries without reply to send their fans into delirium. Jacob Fairbank, Steve Tyrer and Ed Barber were the try-scorers for the visitors before Kris Welham and Ethan Ryan both crossed the chalk for Bradford.
Swinton’s forwards will be assigned a tough job at the weekend as they have to deal with an aggressive Halifax pack. The Lions had a lot of firepower on the bench last weekend as Andy Bracek, Josh Barlow and Zach Johnson all made their way on to the pitch via the interchange. Those three will be integral to Swinton’s fortunes, as will consistent performers Rhodri Lloyd and Rob Lever. Halifax, with in-form overseas duo Adam Tangata and Mitch Cahalane playing to very high standards, are in good shape heading into this weekend and they will be confident of finishing the regular season with a flourish.
Swinton won the match between these two sides at The Shay earlier on in the season and John Duffy’s men will be eying up a very impressive ‘double’. Halifax, on the other hand, will be out for revenge but they will have to be wary of a Lions side who will be looking to extend that five point buffer between themselves and the relegation zone – Halifax by 16