Halifax made it two wins out of two in their quest to regain top section status in the Federation’s National League when they crushed Ormskirk25-7 on Sunday.
The home team, at Sowerby West End for the first time, met stern resistance and had to battle for a 9-5 win and 28 chalk advantage towards the overall aggregate.
However, the away side at the British Legion green in Burscough were in superb form with 10 of the 12 individual winners and a 59 chalk success to claim the four extra overall points by 459-372.
Halifax, who played under the Calderdale banner last season, had expected a tough test against a West Lancashire team which had run powerful Leeds close in April.
Three defeats from the first five jacks at West End put Halifax on the back foot with only Roy Nicholson (Mytholmroyd BC) and Jack Summers (Asa Briggs) handing in winning cards. Summers beat a current Merseyside county player.
With only two points in the bag and five chalks behind on aggregate, things needed to improve and four successive Halifax winners from jacks six to nine helped the situation.
Clive Austin (Mytholmroyd BC) and Robert Holmes (Elland WM) led the way with 21-10 and 21-8 results respectively to help Halifax into a 33-chalk lead with three games remaining.
However, only Adrian Kenyon (Elland C&BC) added to the tally, leaving Halifax slightly disappointed with their home result.
At Burscough, Halifax won three of the first four jacks with Danny Fountain (Brighouse Sports), playing with new woods, leading the way with a 21-7 result.
Clubmate Richard Hobson went from 6-9 down to 17-9 up over six ends and beat another current Merseyside county bowler 21-13.
Halifax had seven winners from the next eight jacks with Andy Wood (Brighouse) having a break of 18 ina 21-5 win.
Anchor–man Gareth Swaine (Ludd Foot) finished it in style with a 21-11 result.
Fylde beat Furness 24-8 whilst Leeds had the bye. Leeds play Furness in June, when Halifax have a bye. Halifax face Leeds in a likely crunch clash on Sunday, July 21.
At Sowerby WE: P.Chalkley lost 21-6, R.Nicholson won 21-12, G.Murphy lost 21-16, J.Summers won 21-12, G.Coates lost 21-18, G.Nicholson won 21-13, C.Austin won 21-10, R.Holmes won 21-8, P.Demetriades won 21-15, G.Bradford lost 21-17, A.Kenyon won 21-16, J.Senior lost 21-15.
At Burscough: R.Hobson won 21-13, D.Fountain won 21-7, J.Armitage won 21-19, I.Holder lost 21-15, G.Siswick won 21-15, P.Smyth won 21-18, M.Griffiths losy 21-15, D.Stansfield won 21-14, M.regan losy 21-15, A.Wood won 21-5, M.McGorlick won 21-17, G.Swaine won 21-11.