Fax cruise through against amateurs in Challenge Cup

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Halifax cruised into the sixth round of the Challenge Cup after a predictably comfortable 80-4 success over Castleford amateurs Lock Lane.

Richard Marshall’s side, still nursing the memory of last weekend’s woeful 38-35 Championship defeat by Swinton, ran in 14 tries against their visitors from the National Conference, with centre Steve Tyrer kicking 12 goals.

The procession began early on when recalled half back Ben Johnston, back in the side after recovering from knee liagment damage, back up an Ed Barber break to score.

Tyrer converted and was on target again when Jacob Fairbank crashed over under the posts for a 12-0 lead.

Barber grabbed a try himself on quarter time, before another player returning from long-term injury, winger Gareth Potts, touched down twice in quick succession, with Tyrer’s conversions taking the scoreline out to 30-0.

Substitute Connor Robinson twisted over in the corner, before Barber added a second, with Tyrer’s sixth conversion making it 40-0 at the break.

The second half began with a Lock Lane try, loose forward Karl Robinson diving in from close range to narrow the gap to 40-4.

But Halifax were soon back in their stride, with Gareth Moore, Barber, Andy Bracek and Miles Greenwood all scoring as the scoreline ran away to 62-4 after 59 minutes.

Barber then added a fourth, before Luke Ambler took the home side past the 70-point mark, Tyrer converting both, before Johnston’s second score rounded off an easy win.

Halifax: Greenwood; Saxton, Smeaton, Tyrer, Potts; G. Moore, Johnston; Bennion, Kaye, Ambler, Manning, Barber, Fairbank. Subs: Maneely, R. Moore, Robinson, Bracek

Lock Lane: Hayward; Garlick, Saxton, Price, Turner; Fozzard, Rowse; Lidbury, Butler, Siddons, Geoffrey, Siddons, Robinson. Subs: Platt, Steels, Tagg, Jones

Referee: Jamie Bloem