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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Workington Town best league side we've played this season - Swinton boss

Steve McCormack declared Workington Town as the best side he has come up against in the league this season – after they handed his Swinton Lions outfit their first defeat yesterday.

Jack Pedley photo
Jack Pedley

The Lions boss heaped the praise on Town after they recorded a 36-16 victory at Derwent Park, even denying the league leaders a bonus point.

McCormack, who has coached Haven previously, said he believed Town will be up there challenging at the end of the season after that display.

“In the first half, on the back of a big penalty count, Workington had some good field position and they played extremely well and we have got to give credit to them,” said McCormack after the game.

“Penalties do affect games and the count was about 9-1 in the first half and we have to look at that but there are no excuses, we didn’t play nearly well enough. It was our first league defeat of the season. This will put our feet back on the ground.

“We know we have to work a lot harder as we were out enthused at times by Workington.

“Before the season began I said Swinton and Workington would be there or thereabouts and they have been the best team we have played this season.

“The first game at Swinton was close but Workington didn’t take their chances and we did. This time it was the total opposite.”

Jarrad Stack and Jack Pedley both put in outstanding displays for Town as they took the game right to their high flying visitors.

And the home faithful at Derwent Park were treated to the best performance of the season.

Pedley and Scott Kaighan both bagged braces, with John Patrick and Dave Armitstead also touching down.

Town boss Gary Charlton was delighted with the display. He said: “We can perform pretty well when we play for 80 minutes, we did a lot of good things, tackled well, put numbers in the tackle and slowed them down.

“The lads did all we asked of them and it came to fruition in the end and we are really pleased.”

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