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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Haven outclassed and in danger

HAVEN’S Championship survival hopes suffered another blow when they were outclassed at the Shay.

They were competitive for 25 minutes but could not go the pace with adventurous Fax, who got back on the winning trail after two defeats.

Haven probably didn’t deserve the 50-point margin but the hosts were clearly the much better team.

The Cumbrians gave a glimpse in to their future, fielding two teenage wingers, Loz Hamzat and debutante Jay Rossi.

The new boy proved up to the task in the opening moments when taking a fantastic catch on the back-foot on his own line with Fax bearing down on him.

Haven’s defence was breached on five minutes, Lee Paterson collecting a clearing kick 40 metres from his line and brushing off a series of weak challenges on a mazy run to the line, the winger then adding the first of his nine conversions.

The visitors replied on seven minutes after Fax lost possession in their own half. Carl Rudd ran across the line from the scrum before feeding Rossi.

The youngster had plenty to do but did it well, crashing over in the corner, Rudd converting.

Haven were in again four minutes later, Graeme Mattinson nipping over from dummy-half.

But the rest of the half belonged to Fax, winger Michael Worrincy barged over in the corner on 15 minutes and big Frank Watene then had a try ruled out for a forward pass.

The prop was held up over the line moments later, though later in the set Anthony Bowman touched down off Luke Brannighan’s short pass.

Back-to-back penalties put Haven in trouble again, and full-back Shad Royston crossed on 27 minutes.

Fax were starting to find gaps, and Hamzat showed good pace to track back and tackle centre Dylan Nash after Fax broke from a scrum close to half-way.

Later in the set the ball was moved left for Stephen Bannister to score. Ben Black put the Yorkshire outfit out of sight, 30-10 up at half-time after Rudd was isolated on the touchline on the last tackle. His loose pass was snapped up by the nippy scrum-half who sprinted 60 metres to score.

Haven could have conceded on the first set of the second-half when Black collected his own short kick and fed Watene five metres out.

He was somehow denied by Haven, though Fax did not have long to wait for another try.

It came off Black’s bomb, Royston feeding Sam Barlow for the touchdown.

Haven enjoyed a purple patch at 36-10 down, Hamzat forcing two drop-outs off Rudd kicks, with Paul Johnson particularly effective.

But it was fellow prop Danny Bower who went on to score, the teenager steaming on to a pass down the middle, Rudd again converting.

Haven could not sustain the effort and Fax went on to dominate the last 20 minutes.

The returning Graeme Holroyd showed fans what they had been missing, flighting a lovely cross-field kick for Nash and the centre putting Worrincy in for his second try.

Haven prop Kyle Bibb was sin-binned for interference and from the resulting penalty Watene burst through and fed Bob Beswick for a try.

More block-busting work from Watene created space for Beswick to put Royston in off a short pass, and Worrincy finished off with a further two tries.

His hat-trick try came from the re-start, Fax spreading the play and catching Haven short of numbers out wide. And he then went 95 metres after intercepting Mattinson’s pass.

Another bad day at the office was compounded with news that Dewsbury had edged further clear of Haven at the foot of the table after picking up a bonus point at Widnes.

They are hanging on to Championship status by their fingertips.

Haven: Eilbeck, Rossi, R Jackson, McAvoy, Hamzat, Rudd, Dalton, Amor, Mattinson, Johnson, Hill, Wilton, Joe. Subs: Smith, Bibb, Bower, Thornley.

Tries: Rossi, Mattinson, Bower.

Goals: Rudd 2.

Halifax: Royston, Paterson, Goddard, Nash, Worrincy, Brannighan, Holroyd, Cherryholme, Beswick, Maloney, Larder, Wrench, Bowman.

Subs: Subs: Black, Watene, Bannister, Barlow.

Tries: Paterson, Worrincy 4, Bowman, Royston 2, Bannister, Black, Barlow, Beswick.

Goals: Paterson 9.

Attendance: 1,970.

Referee: M Drizza.

Man of match: Paul Johnson.

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