Date: Friday 3rd April
Venue: Zebra Claims Stadium
A blood and thunder Cumbrian derby is on the horizon as Workington and Whitehaven face off at the Zebra Claims Stadium. Both teams have only won one out of their six matches so far, who’ll seize the initiative come the end of this 80 minutes?
Last Time Out
Workington made their way down to the Provident Stadium in Bradford to take on James Lowes’ Bulls for the second week on the trot. Town put up a valiant fight in the first half, going into the break only 14-0 down before Bradford ran away with the match. Jay Pitts, Jake Mullaney and Danny Williams were the try scorers for the Bulls in the first half, with only one of those scores being converted. Adam Henry and Lee Gaskell both crossed for the hosts before Perry Whiteley got Town on the board with a four pointer. Henry and Williams completed their braces to see the game out.
Whitehaven had the daunting trip of visiting the Leigh Sports Village to face Paul Rowley’s Centurions. The challenge facing the Cumbrians was momentous, as shown by the 60-0 score in favour of the hosts. Jonathan Pownall scored a first half hat-trick for the Centurions, and his tries were added to with a brace from Liam Kay as well as singles for Michael Platt and Martyn Ridyard. Kay recorded his hat-trick during the second half while Jake Emmitt, Gregg McNally and Ryan Brierley posted a try each. Ridyard rounded off the day’s scoring with his brace.
If the last round of games are anything to go by, the centre positions will be filled with talented players from both sides in the upcoming Cumbrian derby. Workington had Jack Murphy and Perry Whiteley filling the centre spots for the game against Bradford. Whiteley got on the scoresheet, and did so against Sheffield in round five. Connor Holliday and Jesse Joe Nandye were the centres for Whitehaven against Leigh Centurions. Holliday joined the Cumbrians in the off-season from amateur side Kells while Nandye has been around a while, causing all sorts of headaches for opposition defenders too.
A hard one to call with both teams needing the win just as much as each other. Whitehaven will be fancying the opportunity of leapfrogging their neighbours, while Workington will be wanting to move away from the danger zone of the Championship – Whitehaven by 10.