Spirited display not enough for Halifax

Mosborough 35 Halifax 12

A depleted Halifax side put in a sterling Yorkshire Four performance that tested Mosborough to the limit.

Halifax matched their rivals in all departments down the slope, helping them to stage some tremendous drives up front.

The visitors began to take control with inside centre Ben Maxwell driving the ball straight and ensuring subsequent possession. With strong direct play from Stephen Jones, Luke Sturman and Wayne Beverley, the hard-working Toby Turner went close.

Mosborough had some big forwards and it was largely through their efforts that they registered the first try after 20 minutes.

The dose was repeated five minutes later, but Halifax buckled down to the task and hit back well.

Dean Cotton went close before Maxwell and Joe Gallagher combined to send Tony Curtis over, Turner converting.

Five minutes before half time, after well applied forward pressure added to by some nice three quarter play, Nick Elvidge, in the unaccustomed position of scrum half, broke from a ruck and Toby Turner had the pace and power to score.

Halifax knew they would have a tough task on their hands after the break. Mosborough began to probe with long practised kicks down field and although they did not camp in the Halifax half, their visits tended to be profitable.

Ten minutes in their forwards drove over and their second try of the half was the result of a penalty try award as Halifax defended heroically.

There were still several close shaves for the hosts. Karl Copeland was over the line but not without an offence. Mosborough then propelled the ball downfield but the Halifax defence worked superbly and the home efforts were thwarted.

The final score came late in the game as a result of an attempted attacking kick which was too easily gathered and returned with interest down the hill.

Mosborough’s retention of the ball meant that for the first time their three quarters opened out and a try was conceded on the Halifax right.

Halifax Dukes had a good win 24-17 against their old rivals Brods Beavers at Ovenden Park with two scores from Will Hamby, two tries from Academy debutant Elliot Hoyle in the centre and two conversions from Ian Morris.