Murrell and Thackeray at the double as Fax ease through

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Halifax cruised into the last 16 of the Challenge Cup with an almost inevitably crushing home win over Championship strugglers Barrow.

Karl Harrison’s in-form side - without the rested Paul Handforth, Steve Tyrer and Rob Worrincy - had ended the game as a contest by the half hour mark, running up 30 unanswered points as captain Scott Murrell masterminded some rampaging attack.

Full back Ryan Fieldhouse, prop Luke Ambler and Murrell himself all scored as Fax led 18-0 after as many minutes, Lee Paterson obliging with all three conversions.

Murrell and Ross Divorty then created a classic try for Anthony Thackeray, before Fieldhouse bettered that with a score under the posts after Thackeray, Rikki Sheriffe, Thackeray again and Murrell broke straight from the kick off.

Murrell might have topped the lot on the stroke of half time, with a dazzling solo run only failing to yield the try it deserved when centre Ben Heaton put the pass down on the try-line.

The second half began with a try to Barrow full back Liam Campbell, Kurt Haggerty’s kick closing the gap to 30-6, and the visitors did well enough after that to hold their hosts scoreless until the 68th-minute when Lee Paterson touched down.

But Fax finished on a high; Thackeray and Murrell both scoring their second tries and Craig Ashall exploiting great work from Sheriffe and Sam Barlow to round things off.

The draw for the last 16 takes place on Monday.

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Paterson, Heaton, Sheriffe, Reittie; Murrell, Thackeray; Tonks, C. Ashall, Ambler, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: K. Ashall, Bracek, Barlow, Casey

Barrow: Campbell; Backhouse, Low, Wiper, McGilvray; Finch, Casey; Butler, Danby, M. Haggarty, Harrison, K. Haggerty, Whitehead. Subs: Brennan, Nicholson, McGoff, Marwood

Referee: Joe Cobb

Attendance: 1,100