Tyrer’s tries help Fax tame the Lions
CHAMPIONSHIP: Late tries from young winger Conor McGrath and centre Steve Tyrer snatched Halifax a crucial 18-12 Championship win over bottom side Swinton at the Shay.
The Lions, a problematic proposition for Fax in recent seasons, led until the 75th minute, when a loose ball in their own 20 metre area finally gave the home side’s misfiring attack a chance even they could not spurn.
Captain Scott Murrell bobbed and weaved and finally lofted the ball over the top for McGrath to score in the right corner and put Fax ahead for the first time at 14-12.
And on the next set, Ben Johnston found the space to slip Tyrer over on the left, although the centre’s missed conversions left Swinton in touch at 18-12 and paved the way for a nervous last two minutes.
Earlier Andrew Thornley touched down and Chris Hankinson converting for a 6-0 lead to Swinton, which Fax cancelled out when Scott Murrell slipped young centre Chester Butler over just before the half hour.
Winger Marcus Webb put the visitors 12-4 ahead with half an hour to play before Tyrer scored his first try with 60 minutes on the clock to cut the deficit to 12-10 and pave the way for the hosts’s victory.