Halifax edge Featherstone in nail-biting Summer Bash clash

Halifax fought off a second-half comeback to seal a 24-18 win over Featherstone Rovers and move to within one point of the top four.

Rovers had led 18-14 after trailing 14-0 at half time however they couldn’t hold on as they fell to their fourth defeat from four Summer Bash visits.

Scott Murrell claimed Ben Kaye’s grubber kick to touch down for an early lead before Steve Tyrer burst through a gap on the left wing to double the advantage.

Featherstone looked to hit back but the ‘Fax backline stood firm before a high tackle on Brandon Moore allowed Tyrer to slot over a simple penalty goal.

Gareth Hock crashed over before Anthony Thackeray darted across the whitewash to cut the deficit to two points.

Matty Wildie eased through a gap to complete an astonishing six-minute turnaround before Richard Marshall’s side’s woes continued as Tyrer was sent to the sinbin.

Halifax weren’t finished however as a stunning break from Quentin-Laulu Togagae created an opening before he offloaded for Ben Johnston to touch down.

Murrell latched onto his own grubber to seal the crucial victory in the dying moments with his second try.

Halifax: QLT, Saltonstall, Barber, Tyrer, Sharp, Murrell, Johnston, Fairbank, Kaye, Tangata, Grady, Butler, Grix.

Subs: Moore, Morris, Flemming, Maher.

Tries: Murrell 2, Tyrer, Johnston.

Goals: Tyrer 3/4, Grady 1/1

Featherstone: Hardman, Briscoe, Hardcastle, Newman, Robinson, Holmes, Thackeray, Wheeldon, Carlile, Knowles, Lockwood, Davies, Moore.

Subs: Wildie, Hock, Brooks, Clark.

Tries: Hock, Thackeray, Wildie.

Goals: Hardman 3/3

More details from this game will feature in Monday’s League Express.