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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Workington Town win second game of season

London Skolars 18 Workington Town 24: Martin Oglanby and Gary Charlton made the best of starts as their charges broke a 12-game losing streak, Town winning their second Championship game of the season and almost certainly condemning the capital side to the wooden spoon.

But the travelling faithful must have been nervous after an opening spell, which saw Town dominate without being able to put points on the board.

They turned down an early chance for points, electing to tap a penalty but Chris Frodsham’s pass to Kris Coward was knocked down by a Skolars’ hand.

Another repeat set came after Jarrad Stack was stopped by a high shot, one of several he took as he regularly caused problems for the defence outwide, with Craig Farrimond also make some incisive runs, including one that saw him held up over the try line.

Skolars took the lead against the run of play as Joe Mbu powered over. Jason Mossop’ big hit forced an early error but Workington couldn’t break through, other than a 50 metre darting run by Coward from deep in his own half.

Paul Thorman and Frodsham traded penalties, but two tries in the last five minutes turned the game in Town’s favour.

Jack Pedley’s introduction to the field had stepped up the pace and his scoot to the line and Frodsham’s conversion levelled the score. The last minute of the half saw Town take the lead.

A Skolars’ error taking a high kick, gave Town a second set close to the try line and Andrew Beattie raced down the right flank to score.

The second half saw Workington put themselves under pressure.

Pedley chased his own kick and when it just rolled dead, he decided to obstruct the defenders returning the ball to the 20 metre line and received 10 minutes in the sin-bin for his transgressions.

Town had to dig deep and they didn’t just hold out, but actually dominated whilst a player down. Jason Mossop made a 60 metre run, brushing off to sets of tacklers. Jamie Marshall then stole the ball in a tackle and raced 20 metres to the try line to extend their lead to eight points.

Skolars responded with a Paul Thorman converting his own try and it took a good tackle by Jamie Marshall on Andre Vine to stop Skolars when they had a overlap close to the line. After another strong run by Beattie, a second Frodsham penalty gave Town a four point lead.

Town made the game safe through Martyn Wilson, who was in support for Stack’s offload.

One last scare came when Olu Iwenofu scored in the right corner. Town nearly scored again when Frodsham intercepted and raced from deep in his own half.

He was stopped five metres short, but as he tried to pass the ball as was turned round it flew into touch rather than towards the supporting Beattie. But the hooter sounded a minute later and Town had recorded their second Championship win of the season.

London: Guiraud, Olu Iwenofu, Paxton, Hodson, Fountain, Isles, Thorman, Williams, Honor, Mbu, Bloom, Aggrey, Nissen; Subs (all used): Spencer, Rolianet, Vine, Coleman

Tries: Mbu (13), Thorman (55), Iwenofu (78); Goals: Thorman 3/4

Workington: Wilson, Scott, Beattie, Mossop, Marshall, Frodsham, Burgess, Dobson, King, Coward, Stack, Whitehead, Farrimond; Subs (all used): Pedley, Robinson, Ramsden, Coupar

Tries: Pedley (35), Beattie (40), Marshall (48), Wilson (73); Goals: Frodsham 4/6

Sin-binning: Pedley (42)

Referee: Matthew Kidd

Attendance: 257

Star Man: Jarrad Stack

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