Rams show heart in defeat to in-form Fax

James Glover dives over to score for Dewsbury.
James Glover dives over to score for Dewsbury.

Dewsbury Rams produced a determined display but were unable to prevent a 36-18 defeat at home to in-form Halifax last Sunday.

Defeat leaves the Rams four points behind Swinton Lions as they bid to climb out of the bottom two in the Kingstone Press Championship, while Fax maintained their top four push with a seventh straight win.

Dewsbury handed Shaun Squires a debut following his cross-valley switch from neighbours Batley Bulldogs, while there was a place on the bench for another new recruit Sam Day.

Halifax made a bright start and led after 12 minutes when centre Steve Tyrer crashed over following good handling by Connor Robinson and former Ram Shane Grady. Tyrer also added the conversion.

Dewsbury hit back superbly as Squires was on hand to produce a neat offload and send Danny Igbinedion crashing over for an unconverted try.

The Rams went ahead with a 30th minute try as James Glover booted a penalty into the Fax ‘20 and Day scooted over from acting half-back for a try which Glover converted.

Fax responded before the break as Scott Murrell produced a terrific cut out pass to send James Saltonstall strolling over and Tyrer converted from the touchline to edge the visitors back in front.

Halifax had Ben Heaton sin-binned in the final moments of the first half, following an altercation with Igbinedion but they stunned Dewsbury with two tries while they were down to 12 men.

Rob Worrincy set up an attack and Murrell’s short pass sent Adam Tangata storming over after 43 minutes and Tyrer’s kick went in off a post.

Ben Johnston then sent Tyrer over for his second try, as Fax moved 22-10 ahead.

Heaton returned from the sin-bin and gathered another pass from Murrell to cross for the visitors fifth try, despite Dewsbury claims of a forward pass.

Will Sharp broke through and sent Robinson racing over for his first try of the season but Tyrer’s conversion attempt struck a post.

Dewsbury responded with their third try as Dominic Speakman’s lovely grubber kick was gathered by Glover.

Halifax made sure of victory as Ed Barber collected Johnston’s pass and rounded full-back Max Jowitt to score between the posts and Tyrer landed the simple goal.

Dewsbury continued to show their battling qualities, which will be needed if they are to pull clear of danger, and they were rewarded with a fourth try five minutes from full-time.

Halifax were caught offside and the Rams opted to run the penalty.

Jowitt produced an excellent long pas and winger Dale Morton collected and acrobatically dived in at the corner.