Heartbreak for Panthers after defeat by York in Championship play-offs

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Halifax Panthers’ dreams of promotion to Super League are over for another season after they were beaten 26-24 by York City Knights at The Shay.

A hat-trick by Lachlan Walmsley and a Ben Kavanagh try meant Halifax, who had won 19 of their previous 22 games, led 22-12 at half-time and looked set to take a step closer to an expected victory and a place in the semi-finals.

But the visitors rallied after the break and scored two unanswered tries through Liam Harris and Levi Edwards to set up a dramatic finish.

A halfway line penalty goal from James Glover saw York City Knights snatch a historic upset victory.