Workington Town hold a slender two-point lead at the break in their Coral Challenge Cup fourth round tie with Newcastle Thunder.

Workington got off to a much better start than the previous week and they struck first at the heart of the Newcastle defence.

As they closed in on the try line a neat little kick to the corner from Jamie Doran was collected by Scott Rooke and he touched down, with Carl Forber landing the conversion from the touchline.

Winger Rooke was then called on at the opposite end of the field to defend as he leapt up to deny Mo Agoro a try, collecting by the flag before just going into touch.

But Newcastle's persistence eventually paid off as Misi Taulapapa went over in the corner but Jy-Mel Coleman's kick was off target and Town still had the upper hand.

Town looked to put the pressure back on their visitors with a little kick from Karl Olstrom but Perry Singleton just couldn't reach it before it went dead.

And in the end it was Thunder who scraped back into the lead after a mix-up near the line allowed Keal Carlile to just tap it down for the try, leaving Coleman an easy conversion.

Carlile was held up again over the line moments later with some desperate defence before Forber was trapped behind the line, having to give away the drop-out.

Alex Rowe looked to use his power to go over the line from close range but he was denied by the referee who pulled him back for a double movement.

Singleton forced a drop-out in Workington's favour when he chased down a kick from Doran and Newcastle had to get the ball out quickly.

And they used their advantage well when a fumble by the Newcastle defender behind his own line was gratefully dropped on by Tyllar Mellor and with Forber adding the extras, Town were 12-10 to the good at the hooter.