Knaresborough 22 Halifax Vandals 36
Vandals got off to a winning start in 2013 under new player-coach Ed Morane.
The Warley men, fifth in Yorkshire Four, were boosted by the return of Matt Farrar, who was pulling on his boots for the first time in three months.
There were a few more changes with Paul Jowett solid at prop and Craig Sim, switched to the backs, having one of his best games of the season.
Knaresborough scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes but a Jim Crowther penalty made it 10-3.
Vandals soon got into the game and launched a string of attacks with the evergreen Jon Isherwood and Sim making good ground every time they got the ball.
A break in midfield by Farrar opened up the defence for winger Tom Crowther, who cut back inside and raced away to finish. Crowther’s kick made it 10-10.
With Vandals pressing in the home 22 it seemed only a matter of time before another try, which duly arrived when Jowett picked up the ball from the back of a ruck and powered over for an unconverted score.
Farrar broke through the middle of the defence and sent out a long pass to Crowther on the wing. Crowther beat his opposite number and cut back inside to score under the posts. Crowther’s kick gave Vandals a 22-10 lead going into half time.
Knaresborough scored two quick tries after the break to level the scores but Vandals made a string of breaks to be camped in the home half.
Two tries from Farrar, who used his fancy footwork to skip round a number of players and score under the posts, were converted by Crowther to give Vandals breathing space and a four-try bonus point.
Scrum half Rob Tankard made sure Vandals kept possession and also won plenty of ruck ball as the Warley man held on.