Power-packed third quarter from Fax

Ross Divorty in possession for Halifax at Whitehaven
Ross Divorty in possession for Halifax at Whitehaven

A five-try second half burst helped Halifax romp to a 36-14 Championship victory at the Recreation Ground, Whitehaven today.

After being held 10-10 at half time, their rush of scores meant the game was as good as over with 20 minutes left.

Karl Harrison’s visitors made a positive start, forcing two goal line drop-outs in the first five minutes and making ‘Haven start two sets on their own line.

Fax opened the scoring in the seventh minute through Dane Manning. The ball was spread from left to right until it reached Manning, who pushed off Craig Calvert to score.

Ben Johnston scored five minutes later. He threw an outrageous dummy which the ‘Haven defence fell for and ran 35 meters untouched. Steve Tyrer’s kick made it 10-0.

‘Haven started to get into the game and scored their first points in the 21st minute through ex-Super League winger Shaun Ainscough. Tom Carr put a kick through, Johnston knocked the ball down and Ainscough picked up to score.

Chris Smith levelled the scores three minutes late, diving on the ball following a kick from Jessie Joe Parker. Cain Southernwood converted for 10-10.

Fax had several chances to regain the lead but fell short after a 40/20 from Scott Murrell.

In the second half Fax’s dominance began to take hold. Tries from Murrell, Gareth Potts, Tommy Sexton, Paul Mennell and a second for Manning put the game to bed.

Tyrer converted three out of the five additional tries.

The visitors then seemed take their foot off the pedal as they thought the job was done,

‘Haven finished the scoring in the final minute through Craig Calvert wide out after a long pass from Southernwood.