Ash’s injury forces abandonment

Halifax Vandals’ Yorkshire Silver Trophy match at Goole was abandoned after an hour when visiting prop Ash Edmondson suffered a suspected broken leg.

The home side were leading 55-10 at the time and the result looks certain to stand.

Goole, who play a division higher than Vandals, started strongly and looked dominant in the scrum.

The visitors found themselves inside their own five metre line and Goole’s strong running No 8 picked up from a scrum and drove over the line.

Vandals came back strongly and looked dangerous in attack with good breaks from John Isherwood and Luke Sutcliffe. They replied with a fine try, a cross field high kick from fly half Dan Murgatroyd finding winger Tom Crowther who shrugged off his opposite number and raced clear to score.

Vandals’ second try came when Luke Sutcliffe produced a clever grubber kick, re-gathered and beat a defender to hand on to Jim Crowther, who finished in the corner.

A couple of tries from the home side left the Warley men trailing by 20 points going into the second half.

Vandals’ defence kept Goole’s attack at bay with great tackling from centre Drew Drake and scrum half Rob Tankard but despite their best efforts it wasn’t enough to keep the clinical hosts from scoring.

The game came to an abrupt end when Edmondson was injured.