Halifax 80 Castleford Lock Lane 4: Amateurs Lock Lane struggle to hold back Halifax’s attacking tide

Lock Lane's Calum Bulter breaks against Halifax. PIC: James Hardisty
Lock Lane's Calum Bulter breaks against Halifax. PIC: James Hardisty
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Halifax cruised into the sixth round of the Challenge Cup after a predictably comfortable 80-4 success over Castleford amateurs Lock Lane.

Richard Marshall’s side, still nursing the memory of last weekend’s woeful 38-35 Championship defeat by Swinton, ran in 14 tries against their visitors from the National Conference, with centre Steve Tyrer kicking 12 goals.

The procession began early on when recalled half-back Ben Johnston – back in the side after recovering from knee liagment damage – supported an Ed Barber break to score.

Tyrer converted and was on target again when Jacob Fairbank crashed over under the posts for a 12-0 lead.

Barber grabbed a try himself on quarter time, before another player returning from long-term injury, winger Gareth Potts, touched down twice in quick succession, with Tyrer’s conversions taking the scoreline out to 30-0.

Substitute Connor Robinson twisted over in the corner, before Barber added a second, with Tyrer’s sixth conversion making it 40-0 at the break.

The second half began with a Lock Lane try, loose-forward Karl Robinson diving in from close range to narrow the gap to 40-4. But Halifax were soon back in their stride, with Gareth Moore, Barber, Andy Bracek and Miles Greenwood all scoring as the scoreline ran away to 62-4 after 59 minutes.

Barber then added a fourth, before Luke Ambler took the home side past the 70-point mark, Tyrer converting both, before Johnston’s second score rounded off an easy win.

Halifax: Greenwood; Saxton, Smeaton, Tyrer, Potts; G. Moore, Johnston; Bennion, Kaye, Ambler, Manning, Barber, Fairbank. Subs: Maneely, R. Moore, Robinson, Bracek

Lock Lane: Hayward; Garlick, Saxton, Price, Turner; Fozzard, Rowse; Lidbury, Butler, Siddons, Geoffrey, Siddons, Robinson. Subs: Platt, Steels, Tagg, Jones

Referee: Jamie Bloem