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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Out-gunned Workington Town crash to dismal Dewsbury defeat

Workington Town 14 Dewsbury Rams 76: It was perhaps unfortunate for Workington Town that high-flying Dewsbury were next up after last week’s dismal defeat against lowly London Skolars.

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James Robinson

Yet while Workington may not have been expected to beat the Rams yesterday, a 14-try hammering was well beyond the pale.

They were out-gunned all over the field and conceded tries at regular intervals throughout the match.

The Rams had the invention to pull Town’s defence out of shape time-after-time, while the hosts lacked enterprise in attack, with players too often static when receiving the ball.

Workington struggled to put any sustained pressure on the Dewsbury line, with Steven Roper producing a few weak end-of-set kicks that failed to ask any questions of the Rams defence.

It certainly was not all Roper’s fault, of course, as he actually looked one of the few Town players capable of producing a touch of flair. But his pack consistently failed to give him a platform on which to work.

Sub James Robinson worked hard and wing Brett Carter, on loan from Barrow, showed enough on debut to suggest he may have a future.

But on this evidence, Town lack a couple of big men in the middle. They were on the back foot from the kick-off, prop Taron Wildey crossing after five minutes, before Town had enjoyed a set in possession, Pat Walker landing the first of his 10 goals.

Seven minutes later, Andy Bostock completed a well-worked move as the Yorkshiremen double their lead.

Town mounted their first decent attack on 16 minutes, Paddy Coupar nailing Bryn Powell on his try-line as the Scot chased a dangerous kick.

Roper’s 40-20 soon put Workington on the offensive, again, the scrum-half firing in a low kick behind the line to end the set, but in their over-eagerness to hit back, Town were caught offside.

Carter delighted fans with a mazy run out of defence, and suddenly, Town seemed to have settled to the pace of the game.

But they were soon undone by three more tries. The first came from full-back Lee Lingard when the hosts failed to kill the ball in the tackle.

Bostock then claimed his second try, barging over despite the attention of three defenders, and scrum-half Liam Finn cut loose in midfield, breaking through a flimsy attempted tackle and feeding Chris Grice, who finished off the move.

Scott Burgess finally got his team on the scoreboard on 35 minutes, re-gathering his kick that bounced off a defender.

Roper added the extras, and Town finally had some momentum. Yet at the end of their next set, Roper’s clearing kick was charged down by Walker, who picked up the loose ball for another try.

The second-half started badly for Town, a long pass finding winger Austin Buchanan un-marked for his first score.

Bretherton then barged over, again too strong for the defence, before the dangerous Buchanan cut loose, working the ball inside for Bryn Powell to cross.

Town gained some relief on 59 minutes, Burgess unlocking the defence with a chip and Paddy Coupar barging over out wide.

But Dewsbury, with the wind behind them, bounced the re-start over the dead-ball line, and Buchanan had another walk-in, with the Town defence occupied in the middle of the park.

Rob Spicer took pacey Powell’s inside ball for another score, and Buchanan brought up his hat-trick off a disguised pass from his centre Kane Epati that would have graced Super League.

Workington looked to have had the final say when second-row Mike Whitehead showed a touch of class, dinking the ball through at pace for his ex-Barrow team-mate Jamie Marshall to touch down out wide.

Epati had other ideas, however, standing up Carter in the closing moments to bring down the curtain on another match Town would rather forget. To compound the club’s concerns, a crowd of only 319 turned up, including a contingent from Dewsbury.

MATCH FACTS

Town: Wilson, Carter, Beattie, Dawes, Marshall, S Burgess, Roper, Brindle, King, Stack, Whitehead, Coupar, Hobson. Subs: Pedley, Robinson, McKenna, Dobson

Tries: Burgess, Coupar, Marshal; Goals: Roper 1

Rams: Longard, Powell, Spurr, Epati, Buchanan, Walker, Finn, Grice, Emmett, Wildey, Spicer, Bostock, Hayes. Subs: Smith, Bretherton, Wilson, Bower

Tries: Wildey, Bostock 2, Lingard, Grice, Walker, Buchanan 3, Bretherton 2, Powell, Spicer, Epati; Goals: Walker 10

Attendance: 319

Referee: Warren Turley

Star Man: James Robinson

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