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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Bowden looking for big Workington Town performance against Doncaster

Workington Town chairman Dave Bowden is looking for another huge performance as his side travel to take on fellow Championship One title chasers Doncaster on Thursday night.

Dave Bowden photo
Dave Bowden

The performance of the season, and arguably one of the best performances seen at Derwent Park for many years, saw Town hit back from 18-0 down after 20 minutes to sink Doncaster 45-18, two months ago.

“We were outstanding that day but it seems a long time ago now,” said Bowden.

“For all the world, we looked dead and buried after 20 minutes, but the side showed their character and hit back with 45 unanswered points to stun the then league leaders.

“Doncaster at home will be a very good side and we will have to come up with another performance like that to get a result. Coaches Gary [Charlton] and Martin [Oglanby] have a lot of respect for their Doncaster counterpart Tony Miller. But they also know what we are capable of.”

Bowden reflected on the club’s objective but now aims to push on with five games to go.

He added: “The season started on a freezing cold night back in November at Copeland Stadium, and our objective was promotion. Now, with five games to go, we are doing so well that we can push on for a bigger prize.

“The team will train tomorrow night and we will give it our all at Doncaster. But, to use the old cliché, we are taking every game as it comes.”

Bowden was referring to the £50,000 winner-take-all prize for the club that finishes at the top of Championship One, with only Town, leaders Barrow and Doncaster now in the running.

Town will be at full-strength for the match that will be televised on Premier Sports but Doncaster will be missing two of the regulars in Mick Butterfield, who fractured his hand in last weekend’s win over Barrow, and forward Fran Welsh who was stretchered off with a broken ankle.

Yesterday’s results didn’t do Whitehaven any favours.

Rochdale, who entertain Haven on Sunday, won 34-6 against Crusaders to move within three points of the fourth promotion place.

Oldham also won 44-12, at South Wales, to move level on points with Rochdale. Rochdale have a better points differential than Haven.

  • Rugby League World Cup 2013 today announced the dates of the fixtures for next year’s tournament, 15 months before the opening ceremony in Cardiff.

Workington Town’s Derwent Park will host two games, Tonga v Scotland on Tuesday, October 29, and Scotland v Italy on Sunday, November 3.

The final will be held at Old Trafford on Saturday, November 30.

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