Fax’s top four hopes in the balance after loss in London

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An under-strength Halifax side were dealt a harsh lesson by in-form London Broncos after suffering a heavy 34-6 defeat at the Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club.

A brace from Kieran Dixon as well as further efforts from William Barthau, Andy Ackers, Rhys Williams, Jay Pitts and Mark Ioane helping London get the better of Fax, with Ben Johnston’s try proving to be mere consolation.

Fax did start the better as Rob Worrincy went close following James Woodburn-Hall’s line break, the former being held up.

However, that’s as good as it got for Fax in the first half as London bombarded Fax with five tries without response.

First, some fast handling from Barthau and Jarrod Sammut helped Dixon race over in the corner.

Fax attempted a response but Murrell’s short pass was intercepted by Barthau and despite a close chase by young winger Connor McGrath on his professional debut, the scrum-half just had enough pace to score.

London soon eased in for a third score as Ackers barged over from acting half for his score following a strong run by Ben Evans.

Then a fourth try came as Barthau’s high kick was caught by Alex Walker before his pass sent Williams over in the left corner.

Following Steve Tyrer’s restart out on the full, London managed a fifth try as Pitts soon barged over past three defenders from close range.

Dixon could only convert one from the five but London held a comprehensive half-time lead regardless.

The second half was an improved one to a certain extent as Fax produced a stronger effort.

They opened the scoring early on as Johnston darted over from his first touch in possession after entering the field moments prior as a substitute.

Tyrer converted as Fax attempted a possible fightback but ultimately to no avail.

Eliott Morris went close but the offload from Mitch Cahalane was adjudged to have gone forward.

As a result, the Broncos gained possession before Barthau’s delicate grubber kick was chased and grounded by Dixon out wide.

The latter converted superbly from the touchline on this occasion that effectively ended the match as a contest.

But the hosts soon added insult to injury with a seventh try as as Ioane charged onto Sammut’s drop-off from acting half to score.

Dixon converting once again and though Fax went close late on with attempted touchdowns from Tyrer and McGrath, they’d ultimately prove to be in vain as London held on for a comprehensive victory

Back-to-back defeats for Fax leaves their top four hopes hanging by a proverbial thread.

Halifax: Sharp, McGrath, Barber, Tyrer, Worrincy, Woodburn-Hall, Murrell, Cahalane, Moore, Murray, Grady, Grix, Fairbank. Substitutes: Johnston, Boyle, Morris, Douglas