Halifax RUFC suffered a fourth successive defeat in Yorkshire Three after a stirring second-half fightback proved in vain against Old Otliensians.
Having seemingly been down and out at 29-0 five minutes after the interval, Halifax rallied brilliantly to close the gap to eight points before the hosts were able to see off the game 41-21.
Halifax had started well but despite good territory and possession they were unable to convert their chances. Otliensians, on the other half, were ruthless. They pounced on Halifax’s errors to build their way into the game and score three converted tries.
Things got worse for Halifax as they leaked a fourth try immediately after the interval.
Once again, though, this proved to spur Halifax into life - with Toby Turner crashing over from close range.
A good spell of pressure sure Turner win the foot race to Giles Hetherington’s chip ahead for a second try before Jack Pilcher, making his debut for the club, used his strength to cut the gap to 29-21.
Halifax pushed hard for the win but were caught on the counter as Otliensians found the space out wide to score the killer try.
And then in the dying minutes the hosts crossed again to make sure of the win.