Halifax unable to hold on in Shield

Ben Benn scored two tries for Halifax
Ben Benn scored two tries for Halifax

Halifax bowed out of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy at the quarter final stage on Saturday, beaten 17-15 at home by Northallerton.

They acquitted themselves well against opponents from the division above, but found it hard going against a big pack in the second half.

Halifax produced some sharp movement of the ball, determined tackling and a never-say-die attitude.

A full-strength Northallerton recognised that they had been involved in a very tight battle.

The home side looked to have the edge in the backs but Northallerton’s forwards crucially monopolised possession for a significant period in the second half,

A Northallerton back-rower scored within five minutes, after Halifax lost their own lineout, but a lively Halifax responded well and their enterprise paid off when centre Ben Benn dived over following a poor kick from the visitors’ fullback.

Joe Gallagher had a good game at fly half but had an off-day with his place kicking and missed the conversion.

Halifax hit the front when centre Ben Maxwell and captain Dwaine West combined for Benn’s second try.

The home side drove over the line but had the ball stolen and went close several times with Gallagher calling the shots.

Walton sent the ball wide to winger Elliott Hoyle, who side-stepped his way over for a fine try to leave Halifax in a clear lead at half time.

However, Northallerton placed their faith in the hands of their pack and in spite of brave and prolonged defence, Halifax conceded two tries, one of them converted.

Halifax pressed again late on and Gallagher had a late chance to win it but his penalty fell short.