Halifax survived a late and largely unexpected scare to beat bottom-of-the-table Workington at the Shay.
Richard Marshall’s side led 36-16 going into the last 10 minutes, with the game seemingly in the bag, but ended up hanging on as their Cumbrian visitors, relatively toothless for most of the game, grabbed three late tries to move within one score with a minute left to play.
Halifax had stormed out of the blocks, scoring two classy early tries; Sam Smeaton scoring on the right before Dane Manning romped over on the left, with Steve Tyrer’s conversions putting them 12-0 ahead.
Town replied with two scores of their own, with Chris Murphy and Jason Mossop crossing and Carl Forber kicking a solitary conversion for a 12-10 scoreline.
There was a lengthy stoppage due to an injury to Halifax prop Mitch Cahalane, but it was the home side who dealt with the break in play better.
Gareth Moore slipped in Tyrer, who also converted, before a Gavin Bennion try was improved by the centre to put Halifax 24-10 ahead.
Captain Scott Murrell then put them 30-10 up at the break, kicking a booming 40/20 and dummying his way under the posts for Tyrer to convert.
The second half began with a Workington try, Jarrad Stack scoring and Forber converting to make it 30-16.
Halifax spent the next 10 minutes under pressure, but hit back when winger James Saltonstall pounced on Murrell’s grubber kick and Tyrer converted from touch for a commanding 36-16 lead.
With Town enjoying a glut of late possession, they scored twice more through Perry Whiteley and Jarrad Stack, Forber converting both, before a last-minute Graeme Mattinson try set up a surprising grandstand finish.
Halifax: Johnston; Sharp, Smeaton, Tyrer, Saltonstall; G. Moore, Murrell; Cahalane, Kaye, Ambler, Manning, Tangata, Fairbank. Substitutes: R. Moore, Bennion, Barber, B Moore
Workington: J. Murphy; C. Murphy, Hulme, Mossop, Carter; Forber, Doran; Walker, Mattinson, Shackley, Phillips, Whiteley, Gee. Substitutes: Stack, McAvoy, Phillips, Szostak
Referee: A. Sweet (RFL).