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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Workington Town will be fired up says Halifax boss

Halifax boss Karl Harrison expects Workington Town to be fired up to impress in their first home game in the Championship on Sunday.

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Karl Harrison

Town enjoyed a superb opening win at Swinton last week and Harrison predicts another strong effort from the Cumbrians at Derwent Park.

“They had a great performance and a great result last week. It will be a really tough challenge,” he said. “We know they will be extra-pumped.

“We are a pretty battle-hardened team, used to playing at the higher level, and we’ll be ready for it. I’m expecting a few fireworks.”

The Northern Rail Cup holders have decided not to link up with a Super League club this term, and Harrison noticed against Swinton that Town used only one dual registered player from Widnes, Declan Hulme, on the wing.

“It’s going to be interesting for a few weeks to see how dual registration goes,” added the ex-Great Britain prop.

“There’s a lot to be said for using your own players. Halifax are one of the so-called bigger teams in the division and stand alone. We think we are a big enough club to push for Super League.”

Harrison admitted to a slight surprise over Town’s win against Swinton.

“If a betting man, which I’m not, you would probably have looked at Swinton home win. But Workington came away with the money. They are a good team, no doubt,” added the coach, who made clear his title ambitions this term, after Fax faltered in the play-offs in 2012.

“We are in it, to win it.”

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