Fax on course despite last-gasp loss

HALIFAX remain on course for Northern Rail Cup qualification, despite going down to a last-play 34-32 home defeat against Championship champions Featherstone on Sunday afternoon.

Karl Harrison’s injury hit line up led Rovers 22-6 with less than half an hour rermaining in a pulsating game, with both sides reduced to 12 men after the dismissals of Michael Haley and Craig Ashall for fighting.

Rovers eventually fought back to level the scores at 28-28 with less than two minutes of normal time remaining, Halifax-born half back Liam Finn missing the conversion that would have given them the lead for the first time.

Harrison’s side responded instantly, centre Ben Heaton scoring his second of the game, but a missed conversion from Steve Tyrer and a last-second try from Rovers’ Kyle Briggs gave Finn a second chance to snatch the spoils.

And he made no mistake, coolly slotting over the winner from the sideline.

Fax currently sit third in pool A, behind Rovers and Batley, who meet next weekend.

But a win at London Skolars next weekend would put them on 10 points, ensuring either a second or third placed finish and a place in the last-eight.