Vandals to try again after York stunner

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Having come within a minute of breaking their losing run at York last weekend, Halifax Vandals will try again when they host Leeds Corinthians in Yorkshire Four tomorrow.

Vandals, who have now lost four straight games, easily their worst sequence of results since Jamie Bloem took up the coaching reins in late summer, went down 20-19 in North Yorkshire after the home side kicked a last-play penalty.

But even that doesn’t tell the full story.

“We kicked a penalty with a minute to go to go 19-17 in front,” said Bloem, whose side had trailed 14-3 early on.

“But we made the mistake of trying to run the restart out rather than kicking it long, got penalised and they kicked the winning penalty.

“It was pretty disappointing to lose like that, but if we look at the bigger picture we are still progressing and we probably need a little bit of patience.

“Our preparation wasn’t ideal; we had a few guys pull out late on and ended up pulling in players from all over the place.

“I can’t fault their effort though, everyone got stuck in.”

Bloem expects Corinthians to present a stern challenge, although he is optimistic his players can sign off for the Christmas break with a win.

“If we can pick up some points tomorrow, that would leave us in a good position,” said Bloem.

“If we could pick up a couple of wins in January, we would be back up in that top five or six.

“We’ve no injuries so we’re expecting to have a full strength side.”