Halifax secure derby honours

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Halifax 25 Halifax Vandals 8

Halifax bounced back from a heavy defeat the previous week to claim the derby honours in Yorkshire Four.

However, the victory was tempered in part by a serious ankle injury to club skipper Tony Curtis.

The afternoon got off to the perfect start as the home side took the initiative with Luke Sturman going over for a try to lead 5-0.

Vandals had no answer to the home pack as their set piece was put under pressure, player coach Mark Walton getting the better of his opposite number Ed Morane at the base.

Joe Gallagher increased the lead to 8-0 before Vandals got back into the game with a penalty from full back Jimmy Crowther.

Despite the efforts of Matt Farrar at outside centre, and the booming clearance kicks from fly half Knapping on his return to Ovenden Park, the home side spent the majority of the half camped inside the Vandals half before Gallagher increased the lead further to 11-3 at the break.

The second half started in the same vein and Shaun Youell, who’s had a great first season, dived over for what proved to be the game breaker. Gallagher converted to take the lead to 18-3.

Vandals refused to lie down and took advantage of men out wide to dive over in the corner for 18-8 with 20 minutes left.

Vandals were denied by the referee’s whistle for a forward pass when clear after which veteran Nick O’Connor used his experience to pick off a pass well inside the Vandals half to gallop clear for a trademark interception. Gallagher converted the final points.

The Dukes had a great win over Brods Beavers 35-0 to cap a fine day.