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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Workington Town demolish London Skolars with eight-try super show

London Skolars 12 Workington Town 44: Despite dominating for long periods, Town only had a narrow lead at half-time, but four unanswered tries saw them pull away in the second half against a spirited London side.

Graeme Mattinson photo
Graeme Mattinson

Peter Lupton was taken ill before the game and that saw him on the bench for most of the game.

However, Karl Ostrum stepped up to the responsibility and performed well with tries either side of the break.

Those enforced changes meant Graeme Mattinson playing for the full eighty minutes and he was the stand out player, adding pace to the play-the-ball and setting up many of Town’s attacking moves.

Skolars had an early chance to take the lead, but Brad Hopkins was pushed into touch in goal. Town then spend a long period in attack. Their first try came from quick passing to the right from Mattinson and Marc Bainbridge to the right flank, which opened up a gap for Kris Coward to power over the line.

Soon afterwards, Jason Mossop was held up over the line and a Mark Calderwood break almost led to a try for Elliott Miller, but the winger lost the ball as he tried to break the tackle on the tryline. Mattinson scored Town’s second try, cutting left from dummy half to break the defence with ease.

The Londoners responded with a try for James Anthony, but two quick fire tries put Town fourteen points ahead.

Both came on the back of penalties that allowed them to advance up field and put pressure on the defence.

Firstly, Jarrad Stack went to the line and then twisted in the tackle to ground the ball over the tryline. Two minutes later it was Olstrum who twisted out of the clutches of the defence to score.

Skolars’ second try came from a Town error, Calderwood offloading on his own tryline as he tried to avoid conceding a goal line drop out, Mike Worrincy touching down after the resultant scrum.

The action was soon at the other end as Mattinson followed his own kick to bundle Anthony over the deadball line. The drop out almost led to a try, Mossop crossing the tryline, but ruled out for obstruction earlier in the move.

Town almost scored in the first minute of the second half, with Miller just unable to hold onto Marc Bainbridge’s cross field.

After a Dylan Skee 40-20, they had to defend and did so strongly, Calderwood intercepting the ball five metres from the try line and after his break, Bainbridge and Dave Peterson were able to stretch the defence to put Olstrum through for his second try.

With Jarrad Stack and Marc Shackley working hard in defence, Town made sure that Skolars wouldn’t score again.

Daniel Rooney made a 30 metre break from deep in his own half before Mossop narrowly missed out on a try for the third time in the game, losing the ball as he tried to stretch to reach the line.

Lupton’s introduction late on in the game was followed by three tries in the last eight minutes. He set up the first, with Calderwood timing his run infield onto a short kick to perfection.

The winger added his second four minutes later he added his second, again cutting inside, this time with ball in hand.

Coward and Brett Phillips were both held up over the line and it was only a matter of time before another try was scored, breaking down the left before releasing Miller, with Bainbridge kicking his sixth conversion.

Skolars: Anthony, Paxton, Bate, Dave Arnot, Junor, N Thorman, Skee, Bryan, Smith, Williams, Hopkins, M Worrincy, Mbu; Subs: Bloom, Purslow, S Bolger, M Thomas

Tries: Anthony, Worrincy; Goals: Skee 2/2

Workington Town: Carter, Miller, Mossop, Rooney, Calderwood, Petersen, Bainbridge, Macdonald, Mattinson, Coward, Phillips, Stack, Olstrum; Subs: Lupton, Shackley, Whitehead, Thackray

Tries: Coward, Mattinson, Stack, Olstrum 2, Calderwood 2, Miller; Goals: Bainbridge 6/8

Half-time: 12-20

Referee: Greg Dolan

Attendance: 623

Star man: Graeme Mattinson

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