Fax unveil new recruit Taylor, but crash out of play offs against Rams

Callum Casey takes on the Dewsbury defence
Callum Casey takes on the Dewsbury defence

Halifax’s troubled season ended in ignominous style as they crashed to a 25-0 play off defeat by Dewsbury.

A month after the club parted company with coach Karl Harrison, caretaker player-boss Scott Murrell’s charges underlined the extent of the task facing his successor.

Fax actually dominated significant periods of the game, particularly in the first half, but were hounded by the same problem that has dogged the club on and off for three years; an inability to convert pressure and momentum into points.

The Rams, with Fax cast off Anthony Thackeray full of incisive running, had no such issues, making the most of the limited chances that came their way in a contest that was probably closer than the rather embarrassing scoreline suggests.

Fax had begun the day by announcing a new recruit for 2015 - the former Wigan centre or stand off Chris Taylor - and, with Murrell’s kicking game in good shape, made a solid start on the field too.

They even enjoyed 15 minutes of utter dominance after Thackeray’s try and a conversion and a penalty from Keiron Hyde had the Rams 8-0 ahead after a nip and tuck opening 26 minutes.

A succession of drop outs and penalties saw Fax camped on the Rams’ try line, but one combination between Callum Casey, Paul Mennell and Gareth Potts aside, never manufactured a clear chance.

Hyde added a drop goal just before the break to make it 9-0, an advantage that looked far from decisive.

The home side started the second period strongly, but, again, failed to make a single break of note.

A try from Sam Wood on 48 minutes, plucking the ball from the grasp of Tommy Saxton, left the Rams leading 13-0 and when the veteran Tommy Gallagher touched down on threequarter time, Tom Hemingway converting, the game looked as good as over at 19-0.

All that remained was for Thackeray to gleefully hammer the final nail in the coffin with six minutes to go.

Halifax: Martin; Potts, Tyrer, Casey, Saxton; Murrell, Mennell; Brooks, Kaye, Ambler, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: Tonks, Robinson, Holden, Bracek

Dewsbury: Pryce; Morton, Hellewell, Grady, Wood; Hyde, Thackeray; Haggerty, Hemingway, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Murphy. Subs: Wright, Maranka, Farrell, Gallagher

Referee: Joe Cobb