Ossett 24 Halifax 0
Halifax travelled to Ossett with one Yorkshire Four success against them under their belts when they staged a magnificent comeback in the second half at Ovenden Park earlier in the season.
However, that was not repeated as Halifax conceded four tries to a workmanlike side who dominated possession and presented a picture of a team which wanted it more.
Ossett, playing down the significant slope, were soon ahead with a converted try through the middle.
Despite the urgings of the Halifax leadership, lethargy seemed to be an early factor although that improved as Ossett were kept out by some purposeful tackling.
Once again Halifax profited up front when they decided to pick and go and good yardage was achieved but spoiled by over anxiety, lack of patience and a tendency not to clear out their opponents
Halifax conceded a second try close to half time to make the score 12-0 after the first period had been marked by some good defensive work with Mark Walton, Heppenstall, and Gareth Matthews all contributing well.
Nick Elvidge, Ian Morriss and Elliot Hoyle also put in some nice attacking play but by the break a pattern had been established whereby the ball was being lost on contact and was being squandered by ineffective reliance on kicking.
Hopes of a rapid reply by Halifax were soon ended as, from the kick off, a handling error allowed Ossett to set up camp in the visiting 22 from where a try was conceded for 17-0.
Halifax stirred and enjoyed significant time around the home line. Determined play saw Dean Cotton and Glen Warne go close while Heppenstall and Stephen Jones both had incisive runs down the left, the former close to a score after a chip in o the corner.
Failure to secure the ball and control it was, however, the root cause of the defeat. Parity was achieved in the tight but the lineout, usually a guaranteed source of possession, did not work well and Joe Gallagher’s free kicks into the corners did not produce satisfactory possession.
There were cameo performances by Academy players Hoyle and Sam O’ Donoghue; their respective efforts indicating great promise.
Late in the game Halifax were penalised at a scrum in their own half and from the free kick Ossett drove the ball and scored their fourth try from close in.