Halifax 40-10 Vikings

Fax dominant in Vikings loss

Betfred Championship Round 21

Recap

Widnes Vikings fell to a 40-10 defeat at The Shay on Sunday afternoon, as they were unable to continue their home form on the road once again.

The Vikings fell 18-0 behind in the first-half, before threatening a comeback just before the break, however a dominant second period from the visitors sealed a Halifax victory.

Kieron Purtill made three changes to the side that defeat Rochdale Hornets, as Jayden Hatton, Keanan Brand and Brad Walker returned to the 17 at The Shay.

After an even start to the contest, Steve Tyrer opened the scoring on 11 minutes after Brand was forced into touch from a Scott Murrell bomb. Halifax were awarded a scrum 10 metres from the try line, which led to Steve Tyrer finding a gap on the left edge where he forced his way over.

Fax doubled their lead when a Murrell kick found its way into touch after being played at by Brand, giving the hosts another scrum deep inside the Vikings half. They took advantage once again, with Adam Tangata charging onto an Elliott Morris offload to score beneath the posts.

On 25 minutes, Widnes were 18-points down as Patrick Ah Van spilled a Murrell bomb into the path of Chester Butler, who scooped up possession for a simple score.

James Saltonstall dropped the kick-off to give the Vikings their first real attacking opportunity, and they made it count as Danny Craven’s flat pass sent Sam Wilde through a gap, with the back rower reaching out and finding the line.

Widnes worked their way back into the contest five minutes later, as Shaun Robinson’s offload found its way into the hands of Jordan Johnstone, who gladly accepted the gift to set the visitors on the attack. After working their way into a dangerous position, the ball was shipped left where Jack Owens fired a pass to Hatton, who raced over on his return to action.

A knock on from Jacob Fairbank gave the Vikings one final opportunity of the half with two minutes left on the clock, but Craven’s grubber was dealt with by Halifax, who headed to the sheds with an eight-point advantage.

Fax extended their lead four minutes after the break, as they managed to manoeuvre a break through the middle, with some great support play ending with Brandon Moore diving over under the sticks.

The Vikings had a golden opportunity to reply, as Tom Gilmore’s kick in behind was hacked into the in-goal by Olly Ashall-Bott, forcing a goal-line drop out. A high tackle on Gilmore led to another set inside the Halifax 20, only for Walker to knock on attempting a quick play the ball.

After not taking their chance, Halifax made the Vikings pay when Ben Kavanagh broke through the defence, finding an offload which led to Murrell send Tyrer over for his second of the afternoon.

Opportunities were few and far between, and with nine minutes remaining Ashall-Bott created a golden chance, as he tipped Gilmore’s kick over the head of Saltonstall, although he knocked on trying to regather possession over the try line.

Up the other end of the field, Halifax hammered the final nail in the Widnes coffin, as Tangata looked to have knocked on, only for the referee to rule that Ah Van had knocked the ball from his grasp. As he called play on, Butler picked up possession to complete his brace from close range.

Butler then stole the ball from Chris Dean in the final play of the game, crossing untouched to complete his hat-trick and consign Widnes to a disappointing away defeat.

Halifax

Position TRY CON PEN DG
 7600

Vikings

Position TRY CON PEN DG
 2100
TRY
7
2
CON
6
1
PEN
0
0
DG
0
0