Skipper Scott seals away day success

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A late chip-and-chase try from captain Scott Murrell broke a 24-24 deadlock to give Halifax a hard fought Championship win at Hunslet.

Murrell, fresh from penning a two year contract extension, scored five minutes from time and then added a drop goal to seal a 31-24 victory against a talented Hawks side, who had fought back from an 18-0 deficit to level with 12 minutes remaining.

The visitors had started like a house on fire, full back Lee Paterson turning a great pass back inside for Ben Heaton, who drew the full back before putting Ross Divorty away for the opening try after three minutes.

Steve Tyrer kicked the conversion, and while the Hawks enjoyed plenty of territory and possession in the exchanges that followed, it was Fax who doubled their lead just before quarter time.

Murrell and Divorty did the initial damage down the left, with half back Anthony Thackeray backing up to take the scoring pass, Tyrer converting for 12-0.

Again, Fax had to defend strongly to preserve their advantage, but their cutting edge with the ball paid dividends again when Heaton put Wayne Reittie over in the corner and Tyrer landed the conversion from the sideline for an 18-0 advantage.

They looked set fair at that stage, but Fax’s tendency to provoke referee Ronnie Laughton proved costly, as sheer weight of possession saw Andy Yates score for Hunslet three minutes before half time, David March converting.

And things got worse when half back James Coyle danced over straight from the restart on the final play of the half, March cutting the deficit to 18-12.

The visitors struggled to get their attacking game in the minutes after the break, but their patience finally paid off when Craig Ashall ran clear down the middle and Thackeray backed up to take the scoring pass, Tyrer converting for a two-score lead at 24-12.

That should possibly have that, but tries to Stuart Kain and Liam Welham, the latter superbly converted by March, tied the scores up at 24-24.

After that, it was all Murrell.

Hawks: Watson; Mapals, Oakes, Welham, Kain; T. Coyle, J. Coyle; Haley, Hood, Moore, Houston, Haughey, March. Subs: Yates, Haigh, Menzies, Clarkson.

Halifax: Paterson; Worrincy, Tyrer, Heaton, Reittie; Murrell, Thackeray; Tonks, Handforth, Ambler, Manning, Divorty, C. Ashall. Subs: Bracek, K. Ashall, Barlow, Casey.

Referee: Ronnie Laughton