Fax take a step closer to ‘middle eights’ after thrashing Dons

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Halifax all-but confirmed their place in the so-called ‘middle eight’ after crushing Championship strugglers Doncaster 52-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium to consolidate fourth spot on the league ladder.

Richard Marshall’s side were dominant from the first whistle in South Yorkshire, building an 18-0 half time lead before piling on the agony for the Dons in the second half.

The visitors looked sharper from the off, with half back Connor Robinson - signed from Hull KR in midweek after a successful stint on dual-registration - forcing a drop out with a nicely weighted kick.

Halifax took full advantage, with hooker Ben Kaye dabbing the ball into the in-goal and back rower Dane Manning pouncing for the try.

Centre Steve Tyrer added the conversion for a 6-0 lead, which doubled on the quarter hour when stand off Scott Murrell floated the ball wide and Tyrer tapped it back inside for Manning, who claimed his second try of the game.

Tyrer’s conversion drifted wide, but with the visitors looking sharper in possession, added a penalty on the half hour after Kaye had been hit late by the on-loan Sheffield forward Ben Musolino.

The visitors took the score out to 18-0 just before the break in familiar fashion, Murrell launching another diagonal kick and Tyrer claiming possession in the air before twisting over the line to touchdown.

The centre converted his own score and was on target again two minutes after the break after he put winger Tommy Saxton over by the corner flag.

That effectively ended the game as a contest at 24-0 and from there on it was one way traffic as Halifax consistently ripped the defence to shreds.

Tyrer grabbed his second try, Andy Bracek raced clear after snapping up a loose ball and Ben Johnston applied a scorching finish in the left corner.

Hooker Ryan Maneely, back after an eight week injury absence, then added a brace of touchdowns, one a short range scoot, then a long range finish after Richard Moore and Tyrer had made the opening.

Doncaster: Carr; Scott, Doherty, Welham, Fox; McLocklan, Emmett; Groat, Kesik, Spiers, Snitch, Musolino, Clark. Subs: Carbutt, Kelly, Wright, Tagaloa

Halifax: Johnston; Potts, Saltonstall, Tyrer, Saxton; Robinson, Murrell; Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane, Divorty, Manning, Moore. Subs: Bracek, Spencer, Maneely, Boyer

Referee: Tom Crashley