Fax warm up for Eagles date with comfortable win over Town

Halifax celebrate Keith Holden's try
Halifax celebrate Keith Holden's try

Halifax will kick off their Championship play off campaign against Sheffield at the Don Valley Stadium on Friday night after easing past Workington 40-18 at the Shay in their final league fixture.

Karl Harrison’s side, who are likely to feature in the Premier Sports TV game, were generally impressive against the Cumbrians, particularly up front, where outstanding prop Luke Ambler set the pace in a dominant pack performance.

Fax led 18-0 after 23 minutes and never looked in danger of not securing the single point needed to secure a third-placed finish, although Town - with a sprinkling of former Super League talent and the ever-dangerous Australian Jarrad Stack in the back row - always presented a threat with the ball.

The home side took the lead on 13 minutes, opening up Town down the left where Steve Tyrer put Rob Worrincy over in the corner.

Tyrer converted expertly from touch, before some nice skill from the veteran half back Paul Handforth created a walk-in for back rower Dane Manning.

Tyrer doubled the lead to 12-0 and when the centre scored himself from a set-play orchestrated by captain Scott Murrell, Fax led 18-0 and a cricket score looked likely.

That never materialised as talented full back Elliott Miller scored for the visitors, Carl Forber converting, and then went close to another try as half time arrived with the score at 18-6.

Andy Bracek rumbled over from a neat pass from Fax’s rookie hooker Keith Holden just after the break, before Holden touched down himself after Murrell did the spadework.

With Tyrer converting both, Fax led 30-6 after 48 minutes with the game effectively already over.

Stack pulled a score back for Town with a brilliant catch from Forber’s kick, before Lee Paterson charged over to put Fax 34-12 up.

A Ryan Fieldhouse try, converted by Tyrer, pushed the score out to 40-12 before Kayle Connor grabbed a late consolation for Town.

But both sides know the real business starts next week; for Town at Batley, for Fax in the Steel City.

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Worrincy, Tyrer, Paterson, Sheriffe; Murrell, Handforth; Tonks, Ashall, Davies, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: Ambler, Bracek, Heaton, Holden

Workington: Miller; Dawson, Mossop, Connor, Calderwood; C. Phillips, Forber; Dowes, Mattinson, Thackray, B. Phillips, Stack, Robinson. Subs: Olstrum, Morris, Acton, Rooney

Referee: Thierry Alibert