Halifax RUFC 29 Marist 5
Halifax opened the scoring in this Yorkshire Four contest when skipper Tony Curtis made good ground, linked with Nick Elvidge, Richard Booth and Stephen Simpson to put left wing Tallis in for a nice try.
After 25 minutes, Joe Gallagher threw a long pass to Simpson.
With space to move he engineered the telling break and with Toby Turner and Ben Maxwell on hand Marist were out numbered and a try followed from last year’s Yorkshire colt. Turner converted for a 12–5 half time lead.
In the second half, Elvidge and Glen Warne drove the ball forward and with Gallagher revelling in the space allowed him, oceans of room allowed Maxwell to put Simpson for a further try which Turner converted.
From then on it was largely one way traffic, Halifax being further boosted by the introduction of the influential and experienced Michael Perrett in the back row.
The combative Dwayne West was always in the thick of it and his work with Simpson down the right increased the pressure on the visitors. This resulted with the first of two yellow cards for Marist and the inevitable added pressure.
Newcomer Simon Youell at prop was also having a strong game driving forward and ensuring retained possession.
Nineteen minutes into the second half from an attacking scrummage on the right, Mark Walton went blind and fed the sharp John Robertson who squeezed in at the corner. Turner converted from the touch line.
The Halifax threequarters prospered and young Gallagher had his best game so far with a pleasing variety of accurate long passes, short balls for inside centre Maxwell to exploit and safely taking the free kicks to touch.
Halifax were held up over the line twice in the later stages of the game but the concluding score came as Turner kicked a penalty goal when Marist were caught offside.