Fax cruise into next round of Challenge Cup

Luke Adamson touches down
Luke Adamson touches down

Halifax strolled into the fourth round of the Challenge Cup with a predictably crushing 54-12 win over Championship One newboys Oxford.

Karl Harrison’s side ran in 10 tries against a visiting team that looked out of their depth from the first whistle.

Fax were significantly understrength, with Scott Murrell, Rikki Sheriffe, Rob Worrincy and Tony Tonks among the rested players.

But with young debutants Keith Holden and Freddie Walker both catching the eye, there were more positives than simply a place in round five.

The floodgates opened early, with Steve Tyrer bursting over in the right corner after just four minutes.

The centre’s conversion drifted wide, but he atoned moments later when he sent winger Lee Paterson skirting the defence to score.

Again, the kick went inches wide, but he was on target when Luke Adamson breezed over on his home debut on the quarter hour.

That was 14-0 and when Dane Manning powered in, it was 20-0.

Holden then scored with his first touch of the ball after a Sam Barlow break and there was a deserved touchdown for young full back Walker, who looked sharp on his competitive debut.

That made it 32-0 at the break, although the second half began with a try for Oxford, Alex Thompson ploughing over and Johnny Leather kicking the conversion.

Normal service was resumed when Callum Casey touched down from Paul Handforth’s short ball, Tyrer making it 38-6.

Handforth scored after exchanging passes with Thackeray, Walker grabbed a nicely-taken second and Wayne Reittie touched down before Dave Ellison notched a consolation for Oxford.

Halifax: Walker; Paterson, Tyrer, Heaton, Reittie; Handforth, Thackeray; Ambler, K. Ashall, Davies, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: Bracek, Barlow, Casey, Holden

Oxford: Leather; Crabtree, Johnson, Hoggins, Robinson; Connick, Connaughton; Ellison, Roden, Clarke, McGrory, Bentley, Thompson. Subs: Clough, Osborn, Hadden, Fiander

Referee: Gareth Hewer