Dickens: It’s never easy against Halifax

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers skipper Stuart Dickens is expecting a tough game against Halifax in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup final at Blackpool.

Featherstone have played Halifax three times this season with Rovers coming out on top twice but Dickens will not underestimate Fax.

“It’s going to be a tough game, there’s never an easy match when you play Halifax,” he said

“I think over the last three years they have been our biggest rivals.

“They are a fast-paced team with some quality players and we won’t underestimate them.

“Our defence has been really solid this season and teams have found it hard to break us down but it’s important for us not to get carried away. The team that plays the best on the day will be victorious and fingers crossed that will be us.

“Personally I’m a big fan of the Northern Rail Cup. It’s great to have a cup competition for the Championship clubs.

“It will be a great day out for the fans getting to watch two of the inform teams battle it out and hopefully we will be bringing the trophy back to Featherstone at the end of the day.”

Dickens has spent over a decade at Featherstone and is hoping Rovers can add the Northern Rail Cup to the Co-operative Championship Trophy they won with last year’s Grand Final defeat of Sheffield Eagles.

“We’ve had some tough defeats in the Northern Rail Cup in recent years and are all absolutely delighted to be in the 2012 final,” he added Dickens.

“It’s taken a long time to get where we are now both on and off the field and a lot of that is down to our coach Daryl Powell and club chairman Mark Campbell who have helped turn the club around.”