Workington Town 12 – 42 Sheffield Eagles

Mark Aston’s Sheffield Eagles started life as a full time championship outfit with a 30 point margin of victory up in West Cumbria over Workington scoring seven tries as the wet and windy weather didn’t stop the Eagles turning on the style.

The Eagles nearly went into half time with a 24-0 lead as Rob Worrincy, Cory Aston, Adam Neal and Menzie Yere all scored in a 16 minute period in which the visitors full utilized the weather conditions and began to get a roll on from the early stages with the wind behind their backs in what is a short pitch at the Zebra Claims Stadium.

Jamie Doran made sure Town didnt go into half time pointless as Declan Hulme offloaded after he was stopped just short of the line but he found Doran and he crossed for the try. Forber converted to reduce the deficit to 18 points at the break.

Workington had the wind advantage in the second half but couldn’t use their advantage to gain momentum as the Eagles kept playing simple five drives and a kick rugby and kept it tight when asked to do in defence. Substitute Matt Fozard crossed as he managed to just ground the ball despite the best effort of the Town defence, Mr Ansell gave the try. He crossed later for his second yet again crossing from close range and a 30 point margin was up for the Eagles and they were looking for a bigger margin. Town once again had other ideas and former Wigan full back Jack Murphy scored as he supporter a Carl Forber dart towards the line. Forber converted. But it was the Eagles and Cory Aston who had the final word as he scored the final try of the afternoon as some silky build up play from George Tyson allowed Aston to score.

Workington travel to Dewsbury as the Eagles return to Sheffield for their first league game in 12 months in the city as they welcome Halifax to the Hallam University.

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