A BUMPER home crowd at Barrow's Craven Park may have influenced some decisions in this weekend's Cumbrian derby.

That's the view of Workington Town's coach Chris Thorman after his side staged a dramatic comeback to snatch a point against Barrow Raiders on Sunday.

Town took an early 6-0 lead but found themselves trailing 20-6 at the break. They battled back well to take a 22-24 lead going into the final stages, but a late penalty for Barrow ensured the points were shared.

Speaking to Workington Town's Facebook page after the game, Thorman spoke of his pride for his team.

He said: "To be honest I was disappointed with how we finished the first half. I though we conceded a couple of soft ones - but that 20 minute period was probably the lowest point of the game.

"We started really really. I thought we showed a lot of character in the second half and I was really proud of the efforts. I thought we scored some nice tries.

"Momentum was absolutely with us in the second half and talking to some of my colleagues on the sidelines I just thought there was only going to be one winner.

"We were playing against a good team away from home with three thousand people here and the crowd influencing a bit of the decision-making."

Workington now sit in third place, behind unbeaten Barrow at the top of the pile.

However, they are the first side to take points off the Raiders this season - and Thorman is hopeful for the future.

He added: "I've been onto them about controlling the ball. When we do that we will be a very very difficult team to beat."

Next up for town is a home game against bottom of the table West Wales Raiders at Derwent Park on Sunday, with the Welsh side yet to pick up a point in eight games.