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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Preparation for Barrow game not ideal says Workington Town coach

Gary Charlton revealed that Workington Town’s preparation for Sunday’s derby defeat against promotion rivals Barrow Raiders had not been ideal – due to their lack of match action.

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Gary Charlton

The Town boss stressed he was not making excuses for the narrow 20-12 reverse at Craven Park – only Workington’s second league loss of the year – but pointed out his team’s game time had been limited over recent weeks.

Town’s early Challenge Cup exit in March meant they sat out two cup weekends last month and went in to their clash at Barrow on the back of only two games since winning at Whitehaven on Good Friday, April 6.

And both of those were comfortable home wins against North Wales Crusaders and Gateshead Thunder, sides in the bottom half of the table.

In the same period, the Raiders faced Oldham in the cup, Rochdale and South Wales.

“Two games in a month doesn’t make you battle-hardened to face a team like Barrow,” Charlton said. “We had two weeks off, and we’d rather have been playing week-in, week-out.

“When you come up against a capable team you need to be up and running.”

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