Potts 2 (21,43) Heaton (4), Manning (32), Johnston (37), Cahalane (69)
Halifax bounced back after defeat against rivals Bradford Bulls in the Summer bash with a comfortable victory over Phil Veivers Workington Town who spoke about the trip up the motorway to West Cumbria will soon no longer be a challenge for the sides coming from Yorkshire, Lancashire and further afield.
It was Town who came into the game with the momentum after two successive victory away from the Zebra Claims Stadium coming at Doncaster and then West Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven in a comeback victory against them in the Summer bash. But a visit from Halifax was going to be a much sterner test and one that Town must have been looking to combat, But a first half assault led to the game being wrapped up and all over at half time.
It was Ben Heaton who opened the scoring for Fax in just the 4th minute after a break from Ross Divorty allowed him to take time and find Heaton to go over, Murrell converted but that was the only score despite a dominant opening 20 in where Town had only one or two failed attacks.
The second quarter of the half was the best period of the match Fax who managed to score 3 tries in that last quarter, Gareth Potts crossed for the first of his two tries as he plucked Scott Murrell’s kick out of the air and went over the whitewash on his return to the side. Murell mised a touchline conversion.
Town’s defence started to creak at the seams and 2 tries in 5 minutes seemed to mean game over, it was Dane Manning who scored in the 32nd minute as he pounced on a error from Town’s full back Jack Murphy as he dropped a huge bomb from Murrell. Manning grabbed the ball and went in underneath the sticks meaning a easily attempt at the conversion which was slotted over.
Town nearly got themselves a point just before the half time hooter as winger Elliot Miller was put in to touch after some great work in defence from Gareth Potts. Fax got that second try just a minute later through scrum half Ben Johnston who scored after breaking through some weak defending from the town side. Potts took over the kicking duties and converted the try for a 22 point lead at the break.
Fax continued the scoring straight after the half time break inside three minutes after Gareth Potts scored out wide after a Murrell dummy fooled the town defenders and created a gap for Potts to cross untouched, he couldn’t convert his own try out wide.
Town got their only points on the board in the 49th minute through Dual Reg player Rhodri Lloyd playing for his fourth club already this season after playing for his parent club the Wigan Warriors. Lloyd has been on loan at Swinton and Whitehaven and now playing his second game for Town after playing in the victory against Doncaster.
Lloyd managed to get over after a kick from himself to fellow Wiganer Lewis Tierney who managed to dance around two players and then feed the ball back to Lloyd to dive over to score. Forber converted as he normally does but the try couldn’t inspire any more points for the Cumbrians. Phil Veivers speaking after the game was quoted as saying “I don’t think we would have scored again if we had played for another three days”
But it was Fax who had the last word with Aussie Mitch Cahalane scoring with 1o minutes to go after running the perfect line and the ball was popped up inside to allow him to under the black dot. Potts slotted over a simple conversion to wrap up a perfect trip to Cumbria for the Yorkshire outfit.
Despite the comfortable look of the scoreline Fax coach Richard Marshall spoke “I thought we should have scored more points and the players feel the same. We lost the ball far too many times during the game, we need to fix up offensively for next week but defensively we look strong. The players back their defence and make it hard to score.”
Murphy, Miller, Mossop, Lloyd, Tierney, Forber, Shorrocks, Walker, Doran, Shackley, Phillips, Stack, McAvoy
Whiteley, Coward, Horton, Scholey
Saltonstall, Potts, Heaton, Taylor, Saxton, Murrell, Johnston, Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane, Divorty, Manning, Moore
Bracek, Fairbank, Barber, Dickinson
Half Time score 0-22
Prediction – Fax by 16
Result – Fax by 26