Workington Town find themselves seven points from safety with ten rounds to play as their battle for survival gets more and more desperate week by week as they fell to a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Featherstone Rovers.
Rovers scored eight tries scored by eight different players and racked up all of their 44 points before the hour mark when they seemed to take their foot of the gas pedal. It was an even start as either side one try in the opening minutes.
Ash Handley opened the scoring for Rovers as he finished off a well worked move between John Davies and Michael Channing, Town levelled just a few minutes later as centre Declan Hulme crossed as a move involving Mark Shackley, Jamie Doran and Carl Forber allowed Hulme to go over the whitewash and level the scores at 4 all.
Rovers scored forty unanswered points with tries from Jamie Cording, Kyle Briggs, Anthony Thackeray, Michael Channing, Jamie Foster, Ian Hardman and Tim Spears. Rovers were ahead 28-4 at half time and were 44-4 up after the hour mark. It looked like another big score against Rovers for Town who have only once at Post Office road in 62 years.
The Cumbrians did hit back with three tries in nine minutes with Declan Hulme grabbing his second. Brett Phillips and Mark Shackley scored to reduce the defecit. Jarrod Sammut converted all three tries.
Town will be looking to reduce the gap on their relegation rivals in their final three league games of the season before the middle 8’s while Rovers will be trying to make a final push for the qualifiers and will be hoping they can do that as they play three sides above them in the table.
Handley, Cording, Briggs, Thackeray, Channing, Foster, Hardman, Spears
Hulme 2 , B.Phillips, Shackley
Prediction – Rovers by 22.
Result – Rovers by 22