Ossett 17 Halifax 27
The frailties of last week’s defeat by Wetherby were forgotten in this competent performance and it is to be hoped that the nature and quality is repeated when the two sides meet in Yorkshire Four on November 2.
Within 10 minutes both sides had registered penalty conversions, Joe Gallagher, who had an excellent day with the boot, successful for Halifax.
Halifax then began to control affairs with some good handling and a good break by Gallagher, supported by Craig Heppenstall and carried on by Mark Walton and Elliott Hoyle, set up a fine attacking position on the left.
The lineout was won and a concerted series of pick and drives saw Luke Sturman dive over for the try which Gallagher converted.
Neat handling saw Halifax maintain territorial advantage in a lively performance. In the 35th minute possession from the scrum saw Al Williams weave through for a converted try and the same player went close just on half time after centre Fairbrother made a fine break well supported by Craig Heppenstall.
Ossett’s resolve had been under estimated and they began to want it more in the second half as Halifax’s tackling and willingness to use the ball amongst their enterprising three quarters disappeared.
Ossett clawed their way back into the game with two converted tries and Halifax were in danger of being punished for their sloppy play with the scores locked at 17-17.
With 15 minutes to go,Tony Curtis took lineout ball which was well driven before Gallagher fed Williams and his pass to the elusive Craig Heppenstall resulted in his try which again Gallagher improved.
Halifax had their tails up and kicks downhill cemented the position and continuing powerful efforts by Curtis, Sturman and the returning Tom Shaw resulted in Ossett having growing difficulty to mount an attack.
One such last effort ended in them being penalised for not releasing the ball and Gallagher again gathered the three points to complete the scoring.