Halifax overcome York threat

Joe Gallagher
Joe Gallagher

Halifax 24 York RI 13

Halifax were made to work hard before securing their Yorkshire Four success.

A tap and go from player-coach Mark Walton gave Judd Fairbank the first try in the opening three minutes with Joe Gallagher converting.

Fax pushed hard and when York offended at the ruck, Walton and Dean Cotton combined for skipper Dwaine West to go over, Gallagher’s conversion making it 14-0 at the break.

Halifax were a man down by the time the second half started and they had to dig deep in what became an increasingly physical game. York found their way through and closed the gap with a converted try followed by a penalty.

Halifax then gave away a penalty kick which York successfully converted for 14-13, but the home side kept their game together and the pack, comprising Cotton, Ian Morris, Glen Warne, Tony Curtis, Luke Sturman, West, Judd Fairbank and Shaun Youell, rose to the challenge.

After a committed run by Craig Heptonstall, Halifax were awarded a penalty try and Gallagher booted the conversion for a more comfortable 21-13 lead.

York tried to rally but Halifax wrapped things up with another Gallagher penalty.