Late try ends Hawks’ brave resistance

Richie Barnett races clear after intercepting to score Hunslet Hawks' only try against Halifax. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Richie Barnett races clear after intercepting to score Hunslet Hawks' only try against Halifax. Picture: Paul Butterfield
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Hunslet Hawks were unlucky not to pick up any points after they put up a battling display against top four contenders Halifax in the Championship.

Richard Marshall’s side, winners at Featherstone last weekend, came into the game in good form, but found the Hawks in resilient mood as they looked for points to climb clear of the relegation zone.

Hunslet led 8-6 for most of the second half, but a Ben Johnston try five minutes from time and a conversion and late penalty from Steve Tyrer finally wrapped up the win for the relieved visitors.

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 and it stayed 6-0 to half-time.

Halifax made a strong 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 made it 6-6.

Hunslet promptly regained the lead when the visitors were penalised for obstruction from the restart and Lilley made 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.

With the Hawks desperate to make something happen in the closing stages Robbie Mulhern was penalised for interference and Tyrer stepped up to kick a goal that made the final score 14-8.

Despite the defeat there were plenty of positives for Hunslet, but they face another tough game this Sunday when they travel to play another of the top four contenders London Broncos at Barnet (3pm).