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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Workington Town power to victory in South Wales

South Wales Scorpions 10 Workington Town 40: Workington Town produced a dominant performance against a lacklustre South Wales Scorpions side, storming to a 40-10 win at The Gnoll on Sunday.

John Patrick photo
John Patrick

They stormed to a 28-0 half-time lead even if they were assisted by a combination of Scorpions errors and penalties. The sides scored two tries apiece in the second 40 but Town had done enough before the interval.

Their first chance came on two minutes when Graeme Mattinson slipped the ball to Kris Coward but he dropped the ball when he was diving to ground.

Town kept up the pressure and Mattinson continued to make trouble. He looked to set up a try for Ryan McDonald but the prop was again denied by some good Scorpions defence.

But from more back to back sets, Town finally took the lead when Brett Phillips dived over.

Forber missed the kick. They doubled their score when Mike Whitehead finished off a fine passing move. Forber converted to make it 10-0.

Scorpions looked to have scored a try back when Jamie Rooney went in under the sticks but the referee chalked it off and gave a penalty to Town.

The visitors recovered and Scorpions continued to make errors. Knocking the ball on under the sticks, Town made good use of their scrum and Elliot Miller grounded in the corner.

Their fourth try came on 26 minutes when former Crusaders forward Jamie Thackray picked up a bouncing Forber grubber to score.

There could have been a fifth try from their next attack but John Patrick was just short after being set up by a storming Daniel Rooney run.

But Patrick wasn’t to be denied and went over in the corner from the next play. Forber missed the kick and the score was 0-24.

Stephen Dawes was the next scorer, picking up a high bomb after Town were given possession back following a Scorpions knock-on 20 metres from the line making the half-time score 28-0.

Both sides had chances at the start of the second half.

And it was Town who finally got onto the board on 47 minutes following a classic interception from Jamie Rooney which led to a well worked one two with Lewis Reece, for the former Super League man to ground.

Town soon addressed the balance. Thackray was held up over the line but Workington but from the restart, Patrick scored his second of the match.

Jason Mossop soon followed him over with Forber goaling again to further increase the lead on 64 minutes.

A fantastic 40-20 from Forber could have set Town up for yet another try but Reece did well to intercept a short pass following the scrum.

Scorpions earned further consolation when Rooney went over for his second try and converted himself but it was far too little too late for the Welsh.

A Carl Forber penalty in the final seconds, only his fourth successful goal from nine attempts, completed the rout and brought up 40 points.

South Wales Scorpions: Peake, Bateman, Reece, Lyon Fraser, James, Rooney, Leatherbarrow, Dudson, Parry, Greenwood, Burke, Vitalini, McKenna. Subs: Owens, Pope, Wilkinson, Carleton

Tries: Rooney 47, 76; Goals: Rooney 1/2

Workington Town: Miller, Dawes, Mossop, Rooney, Patrick, Forber, Bainbridge, McDonald, Mattinson, Coward, Whitehead, Phillips, Robinson. Subs: Olstrum, Farrer, Shackley, Thackray

Tries: Phillips 12, Whitehead 16, Miller 22, Thackray 26, Patrick 31, 54, Dawes 36, Mossop 64; Goals: Forber 4/9

Penalties: 6-12

Attendance: 374

Referee: Warren Turley

Star Man: Jamie Thackray

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