Vandals upbeat despite late reverse

Mosborough 36 Halifax Vandals 34

Halifax Vandals lost a scintillating Yorkshire Four encounter but still took two bonus points and left South Yorkshire with more positives than negatives.

Matt Farrar’s men started well and took an early lead through a long distance Paul Knapping drop goal and penalty from Jim Crowther.

The confidence these early breakthroughs provided was short lived as Mosborough scored four runaway tries in a 10 minute spell that threatened to end the visitors chances of competing for a result.

Throwing caution to the wind the vandals started to string some plays together with Luke Sutcliffe benefiting from a looping pass from Knapping that put Crowther into space before putting Sutcliffe into the corner.

Moments later, Knapping was at it again but this time with the boot as he sent a cross field kick to Tom Crowther who was denied just short of the line with a strong tackle that put him out for the rest of the game.

A penalty was awarded and player-coach Farrar was quickest to react, scoring in the corner before the defensive line was set.

Man of the match Knapping then launched a trademark bomb that confused the fullback and debutant Paul Simpson won the foot race and score in the corner.

Crowther converted from the touch line on his way to a second successive 100 per cent performance with the boot.

The fight back had left the score at 28-27 at the interval and the second half saw both teams improve defensively with Liam Blue, Craig Sim and Ash Edmundson impressing for Vandals.

Despite their efforts, Mosborough were first to score an unconverted try that left Vandals trailing by six.

This soon turned into a lead thanks to a fine break the diminutive Sutcliffe, who finished a weaving run with an offload to Murgatroyd who made an impossible pass to the supporting Aaron Carrington.

Crowther converted for a one point lead and the score stayed that way until the last five minutes, Vandals turning down an opportunity to extend the lead preferring a quick tap at a penalty close to the posts rather than take the simple conversion.

Mosborough were starting to turn the screw and as the pressure built a penalty was conceded and the home fly half held his nerve to push the home side in front.