St JOSEPH’S had to fight hard to secure a point in the Pennine League’s Premier section as they were held 24-24 at home by Halifax Irish.
Joes were able to field their strongest team so far this season and after a bright opening, with the home pack on top, they opened the scoring through scrum half Jimmy Folan with the goal being added by Neil Barrett.
The Irish hit back to level the scores, before Joes regained the lead with a try from prop forward Joe Gratino, which was again converted by Barrett.
Halifax replied again to take the lead with two converted tries, before Joes remained in the hunt with a Barrett penalty to leave them trailing 18-14 at half time.
Joes regained the lead with the try of the game as winger Richard Aka raced 75 yards after being released by centre Shaun Mitchell. Barrett added the conversion to put his side narrowly ahead.
Irish tipped the balance again with a converted try to take a 24- 20 lead and looked to have sealed the victory, but a late try from Mitchell – following a break from loose forward Joe Flaherty – ensured the points were shared.
NEWSOME ‘A’ continued their unbeaten run to stay top of Division VI by beating fourth placed Brighouse ‘A’ 40-20.
It was a hard fought game with the visitors leading for most of the first half.
Newsome battled their way back from being 10 points down with four tries.
Martin Robinson bagged two touchdowns, and there was a try apiece for Dominic Newton and Marcus Kenchington.
Having gained the ascendancy the home side added to their tally with a Chris Whitworth try and Ross Studholme extended his tally to four goals.
Robinson went on to take his try tally to four, with Newton adding his second.
The highlight of the match was a try-saving tackle from Mat Lander when Brighouse intercepted the ball in their own half he turned and chased the man 60 yards and brought him down with a brilliant tackle.