Hunslet Hawks 8 Halifax 14

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Halifax’s chances of securing a top four Championship finish were boosted after they clinched a last-gasp 14-8 win at battling mid-table Hunslet.

Richard Marshall’s side, winners at Featherstone last weekend, trailed 8-6 for most of the second half against a determined Hawks outfit.

But a Ben Johnston try five minutes from time and a conversion and late penalty from Steve Tyrer finally wrapped up the win.

The Hawks took the lead when Halifax full-back James Saltonstall’s pass was picked off by Richie Barnett 20 metres from his own line and the winger raced away to score.

Half-back Jordan Lilley landed the conversion to complete the first-half scoring.

Fax made the perfect start to the second half, going from one end of the field to the other and scoring through former Leeds forward Dane Manning, Tyrer’s conversion levelling it at 6-6.

Hunslet promptly retook the lead when the visitors were penalised for obstruction, Lilley making it 8-6 with the boot. The rest of the half was an attritional affair and when Tyrer finally broke clear Johnston was in support for the winning try.

Hunslet: Watson; Barnett, Briscoe, Maun, Finigan; Lilley, Kain; Haley, Lee, Houston, Casey, Backhouse, Mackay. Subs: Ward, Mulhern, Lyons, Trout

Halifax: Saltonstall; Potts, Eccleston, Tyrer, Saxton; Murrell, Johnston; Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane, Divorty, Manning, Moore. Subs: Bracek, Dickinson, Barber, Robinson.

Referee: Tom Crashley (RFL).

Attendance: 1,061.

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