Two games from the Kingstone Press Championship were played last weekend, and both Cumbrian teams were part of them. Workington hammered Doncaster in what’s turned out to be Paul Cooke’s last match in charge of the Dons, whilst Whitehaven travelled to Halifax and were heavily beaten by Richard Marshall’s side.
Doncaster 6-37 Workington Town – Despite only being 10-6 up at half-time, Workington ended up running away with the spoils at a canter with Rhodri Lloyd and Lewis Tierney notching five tries between themselves. Dave Scott opened the scoring for the match as the hosts took an early 6-0 lead before Lloyd and Tierney both scored a try apiece to send Workington into half-time with a slender advantage. Lloyd completed his brace on 56 minutes to give Town a more comfortable lead, a lead which was going to be insurmountable after Tierney’s final efforts. The dual-registrated winger completed his hat-trick with two tries in six minutes, making Doncaster fans more disgruntled by the minute and it only got worse when Brett Phillips and Jack Murphy scored a try each in the final seven minutes. A rather uplifting performance against neighbours Sheffield was well and truly a thing of the past for Doncaster as the final hooter sounded on this one. Head coach Paul Cooke and assistant Chris Spurr have just recently left the club by mutual consent.
Prediction – Doncaster by 7
Result – Workington by 31
Halifax 60-18 Whitehaven – The West Yorkshire club warmed up for Summer Bash in the best possible way; with an impressive performance against a Whitehaven side who had to suffer with Ed Chamberlain being taken from the field in the first minute due to a suspected broken leg. Tommy Saxton and Steve Tyrer both touched down for Halifax during the first ten minutes before Adam Robinson notched his first of two tries. Dion Aiye and Craig Calvert both replied with a try each as Whitehaven went into half-time with their heads held high, they were only losing by one score at 18-12 after Scott Murrell’s penalty goal on the hooter. But before the Cumbrians got on the scoresheet for a third time, the game was beyond them as Dane Manning, Ben Johnston and Tyrer all added four pointers. Scott McAvoy welcomed the final quarter in with a try for the visitors but Halifax went from strength to strength, especially when two tries came in as many minutes from Scott Murrell and Robinson. Ed Barber finished off the scoring for Halifax in the final minute, a good day all round for Halifax who will have a lot of confidence going into their Summer Bash fixture with Bradford Bulls.
Prediction – Halifax by 16
Result – Halifax by 42
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