Halifax given a home lesson

Halifax crashed out of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy, crashing 61-12 at home to Yorkshire Four rivals Old Grovians.

Their visitors had won the recent league encounter at Apperley Bridge by 64-7 and were again on top of their game, quicker to the ball in the rucks and retaining possession well.

Halifax paid the price for some poor, high tackling, innumerable handling errors and too often trying to force the pass in contact. They were also penalised far too often.

Grovians took the lead with a penalty in the first minute and powered into a 28-0 lwead with three tries and three penalty goals.

Halifax, whose cause was no helped by the loss of speedy wingman Niall McSharry with an injury recurrence, then had one of their best periods.

Prop Dean Cotton was over the line but unable to ground and prop Sean Youell’s slick dummy and break sent Tony Curtis on a typical forceful run down the right wing.

The pressure was maintained for Curtis to make good ground and send full back Nick Bell slicing through to score. Bell converted.

The ball winning and handling skills of Grovians helped them into a 47-7 lead before, in the 67th minute, John Robertson showed power and pace to score in the right hand corner.

Robertson was Halifax’s man of the match but there was no doubting the superiority of the visitors, who added another 14 points.