Shay Stadium saw Haven
walk through the Halifax defences in a first half to be proud
of. Tries cam from Howard Hill, Sam Obst and Mick Nanyn . Much
talk of Super League beckoning as Leigh seem the only big hurdle
to tackle. Speedy winger Craig Calvert played a vital role in
creating some of the first half momentum.
Rikki Sheriffe did touch dopwn
for the home side and at one stage it was level pegging but not
for long and things got even better for the visitors straight
from the restart. Sam Obst lived up to his reputation as the
division's best half-back, pouncing on his own kick through to
score. Nanyn converted to leave Haven handily placed at 16-4
but even then they were not finished, Nanyn scoring.
The centre tapped over the
conversion to leave Haven dominating at 22-4. Halifax rallied
with a try for former Widnes man Phil Cantillon. After the turn
round things briefly slipped as James Bunyan ploughed over in
But then Hill stretched out
to touch down and secure the two crucial league points. Calvert's
capped it all with a second try in injury time.
Halifax: Grix; Sheriffe, Bunyan,
Hadcroft, Haley; Weisner, Black; Simpson, Cantillon, Birchall,
Corcoran, Greenwood, Bloem. Subs: Moxon, Feehan, Farrell, MacDonald.
Whitehaven: Broadbent; Calvert,
Seeds, Nanyn, O'Neil; Joe, Obst; McKinney, Lester, Fatialofa,
Miller, Hill, Walsh. Subs: Vaughan, Tandy, Sice, Jackson.
Referee: Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley).