Halifax Vandals 31 Leeds Corinthians 10
Halifax Vandals secured a much needed and deserved Yorkshire Four victory by overcoming a spirited and much improved Leeds Corinthians.
Vandals started brightly and made some early forays into the visitors half with fine breaks by Liam McDonald and Dan Murgatroyd. However,the first score came against the run of play when Paul knapping threw a wide pass that was misread by the Vandals backline and was pounced upon by the Leeds wingman who raced clear to score under the posts.
The home team responded positively and hit back immediately with a trademark Knapping drop goal followed by a long range penalty from Jim Crowther that was then replicated by the Corinthians kicker for the visitors to take a 10-6 lead.
Again Vandals responded well as they continued their domination in the scrum thanks to the returning Brett Swiffen and Fraser Carrington and the ever improving Matt Day that set the foundations for the homes side’s first try. Craig Sim picked up from No 8 and provided a neat offload to Murgatroyd who found Knapping in space before drawing the full back to send over the supporting Jim Crowther under the posts. Crowther then added to his tally with another penalty for a 16-10 interval lead.
Man of the match Crowther slotted another penalty for a nine point lead and this cushion relaxed Matt Farrar’s men, and it was the player coach who scored the next try as Knapping again tormented the visitors with a teasing run before Knapping danced over in the last minute to top off another fine display.