Fax march on at the top of the Championship

Halifax underlined their status as Championship frontrunners with a 34-16 victory over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Coupled with Thursday night’s 60-6 caning of Dewsbury, Karl Harrison’s leaders have scored 94 points over Easter as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

But it could and should have been even better after a sloppy third quarter allowed the home side to play their way away from what looked a likely cricket score with three tries in 14 minutes to ‘win’ the second period 16-0.

The visitors started solidly rather than spectacularly, soaking up some early enthusiasm from the home side.

But they soon started to spread the ball wide and the gaps quickly followed, Steve Tyrer ploughing over on the right hand side after eight minutes.

The centre whacked over the goal from the sideline and was on target again when Rob Worrincy skirted round the defence to score on 14 minutes.

At 12-0, the floodgates were creaking and they burst open when Tyrer grabbed a second after suicidal behind-the-line pass from winger Ben Blackmore.

That made it 16-0, with Sam Barlow storming clear, Anthony Thackeray setting up Craig Ashall and Thackeray scoring again with a solo run as the half hour came and went.

Leading 34-0, Fax would have had another if Wayne Reittie’s pass to Barlow had not been called forward, but the only question at half time was how many they might score after the break.

The second half began with Dane Manning being sin-binned for slowing play down and the Dons scored soon after, Chris Spurr touching down and Paul Cooke converting.

Cooke then made a great score for Blackmore to close the gap to 34-10, before Brett Waller trundled in to make it 34-16.

Fax had chances, but couldn’t take them as the game petered out to a tame conclusion.

Doncaster: Waterman; Tuffour, Cowling, Kay, Blackmoor; Cooke, Fawcett; Waller, Kesik, Trout, Robinson, Spurr, Emmett. Subs: Castle, Scott, Powley, Leaf

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Worrincy, Tyrer, Sheriffe, Reittie; Murrell, Thackeray; Tonks, Handforth, Bracek, Manning, Casey, Divorty. Subs: K. Ashall, C. Ashall, Barlow, Adamson

Referee: P. Brooke

Attendance: 1,000 (estimated)