Warriors show spirit in fightback

WHITEHALL’S final match of the season was very definitely a game of two halves.

Newsome, still with promotion hopes, showed an awesome display of attacking rugby, leaving Warriors shell-shocked and 26-0 down at the interval.

Veteran Stuart Syme was not deterred and led his side with gritty support from team mates Mark Airey and Ash Cain.

Having weathered the storm, Whitehall got the breakthrough they thoroughly deserved when James Spivey dummied through and burst his way over. Paul Stead kicked the conversion.

Warriors half backs Lee Nellist and John Handscomb started to use their set piece moves to help hard running second rowers, Andrew Johnson and Steve Helliwell, to punch holes in Panther’s defensive line.

Captain Alex Scargill found the gap to race in from 40 metres and Steve Helliwell converted.

Newsome stopped the rot with another try to extend their lead to 30 - 12 but the Warriors were in no mood to concede.

John Sagar and Ross Williams made telling runs and centre Rhys Brown beat the defence. Ash Cain converted.

Johnson and Spivey scattered Newsome and Handscomb darted through to send Helliwell in at the corner. Richard Ingham converted.

Time ran out for the Warriors but pride had been fully restored.

Next season the Whitehall Warriors very young rebuilt team have high ambitions after two seasons playing together.

Coaching duo Paul Johnson and Stuart Syme, are standing down for Richard Casanove, returning to Whitehall, from Siddal, as chief coach. His number one aim is to win the league

He welcomes back to his squad huge props Adam Crawshaw and Pete Williams, who has had a successful two year spell in Australia.

Greetland hooker Gaz Clay fancies a new challenge and try machine Mike Hogg is also back after a two year absence.

Full sports coverage of events and matches taking place throughout the Brighouse area is available in this week’s paper