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Championship round-up - week 11

Championships

Halifax's traumatic week ended with a much-needed lift as they beat defending champions Barrow 46-24 at The Shay.

Having been removed from the Challenge Cup for fielding an ineligible player, their football manager Martin Hall resigned following an internal inquiry.

But, with head coach Matt Calland back at the helm after initially being suspended, things were soon put right.

And eight tries, all from different scorers, plus seven goals from the boot of Lee Patterson, were just reward.

Steve Bannister, Shad Royston and Stanley Gene all crossed to put the home side 20-12 up at half-time.

Halifax then really hit their straps after the break, Rob Worrincy, Luke Branighan, Jon Goddard, Bob Beswick and Paul White adding second-half scores.

Barrow scored four tries of their own through Andy Ballard, Richard Fletcher, Ned Catic and Chris Young but were always second best.

In Sunday's other Championship fixture, four tries from John Campbell helped Batley to a thumping 54-6 win over Whitehaven at Mount Pleasant, where the home side, who were initially drawn against Halifax, warmed up for Wednesday's rearranged Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Swinton.

Campbell ran in two tries in each half during a one-sided contest after Graeme Mattinson had opened the scoring for the visitors.

After that, it was one-way traffic as Campbell's first two tries, a brace from Danny Maun and others by Chris Buttery and Paul Handforth helped Batley romped into a 30-6 interval lead.

After the break Campbell pounced twice more, Maun completed his hat-trick and Byron Smith also crossed.

Mick Nanyn clocked up 18 points against his old club as Leigh beat Widnes 30-18 to go top of the Championship table on Thursday night.

Leigh made a great start thanks to two well-worked tries inside the opening nine minutes from Dave McConnell.

Nanyn then added two more to make it 24-4 at half-time, Widnes's only reply coming from dual-registered Wigan winger Shaun Ainscough.

Widnes rallied with tries from Kirk Netherton and Paddy Flynn, but Jacob Emmitt ended the Vikings' comeback, to leave them now eight points off the pace in fourth.

Sheffield Eagles hooker Craig Cook scored a second-half hat-trick to make it three wins on the bounce with Saturday's 38-24 home victory overToulouse.

Eagles led 16-12 at the break thanks to tries from Tangi Ropati, Aaron Groom and Richie Barnett, Sylvain Houles and Vincent Duport replying for Toulouse.

Prop Alex Rowe extended the home side's lead before Cook took centre stage.

Rory Bromley and Mathieu Griffi both went over for the visitors but their efforts were mere consolations.

Sheffield had previously made light of the loss of Jack Howieson and Jonny Woodcock for the rest of the season as they battled back to beat Batley in midweek.

The Challenge Cup contenders were 12-0 up at the break, thanks to tries from scrum-half Gareth Moore, who kicked both goals, and prop David Tootill.

But Mark Aston's Eagles rallied to run in four unanswered second-half tries through wingers Ashley Thackeray and Danny Mills and prop Alex Rowe (2).

The Eagles also landed three of their four conversions, through Brendon Lindsay and Tangi Ropati (2).

Championship One

Blackpool Panthers re-wrote the record books with Sunday's emphatic 132-0 victory over troubled Gateshead Thunder.

The Panthers, the only unbeaten team in all three professional divisions, ran in 22 tries in all, including 22 goals from Tom Hemingway which, including his one try, brought him a personal haul of 48 points.

Gateshead were without four players through suspension.

Joe Brown, Michael Brown and Gareth Barron all picked up one-game suspensions, having been found guilty of punching against Rochdale earlier this month.

Loose forward Matt Barron received a three-match ban, having been found guilty of sustained, repeated and violent punching.

Rochdale, without a game this weekend, had full-back Craig Johnson suspended for two matches after admitting a Grade B offence of punching.

Blackpool's massive victory keeps them within a point of Championship One leaders Oldham, who beat London Skolars 46-12 to earn a first win at their new Whitebank Stadium home.

Lucas Onyango ran in two tries, while Martin Roden, Paul O'Connor, Danny Whitmore, Ben Heaton, Craig Robinson and John Gillam also helped keep Oldham on top.

Workington Town held off a strong second half fightback by Doncaster to win 34-20 at Derwent Park.

Town led 16-0 at the break with tries by Michael Whitehead, Jarrad Stack and Joseph McKenna, plus two goals from Darren Holt, but there was little between the sides after the restart.

Doncaster hit back with tries from Shaun Leaf (2), Michael Butterfield and Chris Spurr but the Cumbrians held firm with further tries of their own by Liam Finch, Lee Dutton and Neil Frazer.

Hunslet bounced back from their Challenge Cup defeat at Barrow with an impressive 46-10 win at York City Knights, whose ambitions were dashed by the 56th-minute dismissal of Chris Clough.

The Hawks led 22-10 at halfway stage, then held firm in a win which featured two tries for David March and others for Paul March, Waine Pryce, Tommy Haughey, Danny Grimshaw, Wayne McHugh and Dave Clayton.

Also on the disciplinary front, two players have been ordered to appear before the RFL next week to answer charges following their dismissal in Championship One games on 9 May.

Workington Town prop Lee Dutton has been charged with making a Grade B reckless tackle in a match at London Skolars.

Oldham forward Wayne Kerr has been charged with making a Grade B reckless tackle in his side's home fixture against York.



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