Three figures for Halifax as Hornsea mere spectators

Joe Gallagher
Joe Gallagher

Halifax 116 Hornsea 3

Halifax piled on the points as they overwhelmed their East Yorkshire visitors in Yorkshire Four.

The clear superiority of the Ovenden Park side was soon demonstrated as they were faster to the breakdown, showed competent handling and dominated the set pieces.

To their credit Hornsea tried to stay in the contest, but scores came with unerring regularity.

Nine tries were registered in the first half with Craig Heppenstall contributing four and brother Mark three. Jack Fairbank also crossed three times with Elliot Hoyle bagging two and one each from Joe Gallagher and newcomer Ashton Norcliffe.

Gallagher had a fine day with his kicking both in open play, where he tested the Hornsea defence with some towering kicks, and with his six first half conversions making the interval score 59-0.

Halifax continued their stranglehold on Hornsea whose only solace was a well taken penalty at the opening of the half.

Craig Heppenstall claimed another try and Mark two while Fairbank could not be contained and claimed three more with one each for Gallagher, Norcliffe, Hoyle and Sam Donoghue. Joe Gallagher and Craig Heppenstall kicked six conversions between them.

Halifax Dukes entertained Ilkley and sustained a narrow 32-31 defeat.