Recs can hold their heads high despite cup mauling

Pilkington Recs took on Halifax on Saturday (library picture)
Pilkington Recs took on Halifax on Saturday (library picture)

Despite a 14-try mauling, Pilkington Recs were given a standing ovation by their fans as they bowed out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup against five-times trophy winners Halifax at Langtree Park.

It was a spontaneous gesture in recognition of their battling performance in reaching the fourth round of the sport's most prestigious competition which included victories over amateur rivals Millom and Stanningley and Kingstone Press Championship One outfit London Skolars.

“We were all chuffed by the response from our fans who have given us tremendous support during the competition,” said coach Kurt Haggerty.

It also gave the club some consolation after suffering what was a mother and a father of a hiding against their professionally-trained opponents which, hopefully, will not dent their confidence too much in the long run.

To their credit Recs threatened to make a mockery of the gulf in class between the two sides by starting in a positive manner, moving the ball around with radar-like precision but once Halifax, who last won the trophy in 1987, posted the first points on the board after eight minutes it was simply a question of how many more times they would cross the whitewash.

They were 34-0 ahead at the break and for the rest of the match it was a damage-limit exercise as far as a brave and gallant Pilks were concerned.

Connor Robinson claimed a brace of tries and four goals, Gareth Moore struck twice and landed one goal, while Luke Amber crossed the whitewash on a couple of occasions.

Other tries for the West Yorkshire club came from former Saints youngster Miles Greenwood, Jake Eccleston, Sam Smeaton, veteran Richard Moore, Ed Barber, Adam Tangata, Jacob Fairbank and Brandon Moore.

Steve Tyrer, who started his career at Saints where he made more than 20 appearances between 2006 and 2008, also slotted over six goals.

Fax eventually ran out 78-0 winners.

Teams - Pilks: Knapper (K.), Knapper (A.), Halsall, Stanley, Duffy, Smith (G.), Lynch,.Smith (J.), Bostock, Charlson, Rees, Roughley, Garrity.

Subs: Nesbit, Peters, Gravener, Keys.

Halifax: Greenwood, Eccleston, Smeaton, Tyrer, Sharp, Moore (G), Robinson (C.), Robinson (A.), Maneely, Moore (R.), Barber, Tangata, Fairbank.

Subs: Ambler, Moore (B.), Morris, Bracek.

Referee: Tom Crashley,