DEwsbury Rams put up a brave fight at the Shay before succumbing to three late Fax tries in the final seven minutes, yesterday.
The Rams led 12-6 and 13-12, but on 72 minutes, recalled winger Gareth Potts, making his first start of the season, dived over in the corner after a long pass from full-back James Saltonstall. Steve Tyrer’s conversion attempt drifted wide but he made amends by scoring soon after, before prop Luke Ambler broke the line 30 metres out and raced away to score in the corner.
Earlier Dewsbury’s Karl Pryce had broken the deadlock with the visitors’ first line break of the match.
Keiran Hyde converted from touch for a 6-0 lead, but Fax were level within a minute; aggressively regaining the kick- off, centre Ben Heaton charging over on the right and Tyrer converting.
Even then though there was disaster; ex-Fax full back Anthony Thackeray pinching an interception on his own line and racing the length of the field to set up a 12-6 half-time lead. Fax levelled 16 minutes into the second half when Potts was felled by Pryce after great handling down the right flank and Saltonstall ran straight and hard to finally puncture the defence.
Hyde’s drop goal edged Rams in front, before Halifax’s late show.
Halifax: Saltonstall; Saxton, Heaton, Tyrer, Potts; Murrell, Johnston; Cahalane, Maneely, Ambler, Divorty, Manning, Fairbank. Subs: Bracek, Moore, Kaye, Spencer
Dewsbury: Pryce; Morton, Grady, Crookes, Grant; Hyde, Thackeray; Smith, Wildie, Hepworth, T. Adamson, Hale, L. Adamson. Subs: Brown, Godwin, Jackson, Aizue
Referee: C. Kendall.