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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Jamie Acton set for Workington Town debut

Jamie Acton will have the chance to shine for Workington Town at Doncaster on Sunday after coach Gary Charlton revealed the 20-year-old prop would be included in the match day squad.

Jamie Acton photo
Jamie Acton

And Acton, set to make his Town debut after serving a four-match ban, will be joined by Widnes Vikings’ Declan Hulme (hooker) and Grant Gore (centre/wing) who both took part in the 20-8 defeat against Halifax last Sunday.

Acton has made no secret that he is raring to go and show Town what he can do after signing at the end of last season.

And Hulme and Gore have already proved to Charlton that they can play a big part in Town’s Championship season.

“Jamie will be in the squad and will play some part in the game,” said Charlton. “And Declan and Grant have plenty of ability and are keen to play for Workington. They’ve come in and done a good job for us.

“Widnes are helping us out of a spot with Elliott Miller (wing), Jason Mossop (centre) and Graeme Mattinson (hooker) out.”

Mossop should be fit for the visit of Sheffield on Sunday week, but Mattinson, Dan Rooney and Miller are still weeks away.

Charlton added: “Graeme and Elliott are training hard and running well but they haven’t done any contact yet. And Dan will be out for another four to six weeks. They will hold their hands up and tell me when they’re ready.”

Town lost 20-0 to Doncaster after putting in a lack-lustre performance at the end of last season but Charlton is keen to take them on, on a level playing field.

“We were down to the bare bones when we played them last,” he said. “The injuries at the end of last season killed us.

“But it’s different this time. We’re not going there with a patched-up side, we’re going there with a team that is playing well and will only get better with more game time.”

Charlton was at The Recre last night to see Leigh, who have finished second in the Championship for the last couple of seasons, take on Haven. The visitors won 28-14, and Charlton said: “Leigh tackled well in parts and did enough in the first 50 minutes to win. But they then seemed to slacken off and there were plenty of unforced errors.

“You have to give Haven’s defence credit for making Leigh make those mistakes.”

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