Date published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

OUR Reserves lost ground in the jostle for position in the upper reaches of the Reserves Under-23s Championship when beaten by a very determined Halifax side at Whitebank last Thursday night (May 3).
Centre David Cookson, sub Danny Moran and centre Ben Hinsley scored our tries and Steven Nield converted the second-half Hinsley touchdown after Mark Smith had failed narrowly on the angle to improve the first-half tries by Cookson and Moran.
Halifacx won the toss and gave us first use of the slope, but we led only 8-6 at half-time after failing to turn our territorial advantage into points. In the final analysis it was probably our failure to put more points on the board in the first 40 that cost us the game.
Cookson scored well out wide on the right as early as the fifth minute, but a length-of-the-field breakaway try by Fax left-wing Chris Holroyde on the interception in the 18th minute, converted by Gareth Hynes, edged the visitors in front at 8-6.
Excellent work by prop Bruce Johnson and sub centre Michael Ward paved the way for our second try by Moran on the half hour and it was that which allowed us to turn round with a two-point lead.
Fax had the advantage of the slope in the second 40, however, and they played it well to make it extremely difficult for Roughyeds to break out of their own quarter.
The Yorkshire lads scored two more tries to take a 16-8 lead and although we narrowed the deficit when Hinsley touched down after a clever, angled grubber by Smith, it was Fax who had the last laugh when they scored a fourth try by former Roughyeds player Joe Chandler.
A disappointed Roughyeds coach Paul Ashton said: “Quite simply, we didn’t turn up. We had trained and prepared well, but we didn’t put our game plan into practise. It was disappointing because I know we can do so much better than this.
“For some reason they seemed to want it more than we did. Their forwards made massive ground and that made life easy for the Halifax halfbacks, who controlled the game.”
One of the more positive aspects of the game was the promising performance on the right wing of young Greg Worrall, son of the old club’s former Great Britain star Mick Worrall.
Team: Nield; Worrall, Cookson, Hinsley, Thompson; Connick, Noon; Johnson, Hughes, Gilchrist, Langtree, Cunningham, Smith. Subs: Moran, Joy, Ward, Foreman.