Dons distanced as classy Fax limber up for Cup

Tommy Saxton, who has agreed a second month's loan from Featherstone, on the attack
Tommy Saxton, who has agreed a second month's loan from Featherstone, on the attack

Halifax warmed up for next weekend’s Challenge Cup tie with Super League outfit Widnes with a crushing 48-6 Championship success over Doncaster at the Shay.

The Dons, who started the day in second on the league ladder, made the perfect start, the Hull FC centre Joe Arundel scoring in the corner after a break from his dual-registered teammate Liam Kent.

Stewart Sanderson’s kick drifted wide and that was practically the last that was seen of the visitors in the final third of the field during the opening 40 minutes.

Fax dominated the forward battle, and with Scott Murrell and Ben Johnston accomplished at half back, the visitors were slowly but surely played off the park.

Winger Gareth Potts scored on 12 minutes after a long pass from Murrell, before back rower Ross Divorty romped over from Johnston’s disguised short ball, Steve Tyrer converting for a 10-4 lead.

Dane Manning, who posted another top class performance in the back row, then beat a handful of defenders to score under the posts, Tyrer converting, with the visitors’ solitary reply a penalty on the stroke of half time.

Leading 16-6, and having dominated possession, Fax went for the kill after the break, with Murrell trotting over from close range and Potts finishing a fluent long range attack in the corner as the home side moved 26-6 clear.

From that moment, the only question was over the margin of victory, which was sealed with touchdowns from Manning, the on-loan winger Tommy Saxton and full back Ryan Fieldhouse - the latter two created by the excellent Johnston - before hooker Ben Kaye sent prop Ben Davies storming in at the death to complete the rout.

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Saxton, Tyrer, Cowling, Potts; Murrell, Johnston; Ambler, Kaye, Bracek, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: Mennell, Tonks, Davies, Casey

Doncaster: Scott; Morrison, Welham, Arundel, Sanderson; Cooke, Nicklas; Spiers, Spaven, Carbutt, Kent, Kelly, Emmett. Subs: Wildie, Waterman, Castle, Wilson

Referee: Joe Cobb