Preview: Workington Town v Oldham

Workington are yet to win a game in the Championship this season but there’s a great chance for them to do so when Oldham come to visit this weekend. The Roughyeds have one win to their name after beating Dewsbury a few rounds ago and they will be striving to double their victory tally.

Last Time Out

Workington were taught a lesson in ruthlessness during the second half at Batley as the Bulldogs scored 30 points without reply on their way to a 44-12 win. Town did take the lead through Declan Hulme but, very soon after, Cain Southernwood replied for the hosts with a try of his own. Chris Ulugia was next over the line for Batley before Pat Walker kicked a penalty goal for a 14-6 lead. The penalty came about after Jarrad Stack was sin-binned for holding down as his side were given a team warning moments beforehand. However, with half-time approaching, the Cumbrians did cut the deficit when Brett Carter touched down. Carl Forber added the conversion – the score at the break read 14-12. Any chance of a shock Workington win was eradicated as the match went on. An Alex Bretherton try at the start of the second half started the procession, which also saw tries by James Brown, Alistair Leak and Southernwood. Alex Brown rounded the day off well for Batley as he notched a debut try.

Oldham’s game with Bradford at Bower Fold was postponed due to heavy snowfall in the area over the weekend. They will be eager to get back out on the field this weekend as they travel up to Cumbria and try to condemn Town to another loss.

Key Battle

It has been well publicised over the past few weeks that the introduction of Jarrod Sammut to Workington’s team will improve them tenfold but they are still yet to get a win on the board. With Carl Forber and Jamie Doran also in the half-back ranks of Workington, Phil Veivers has good options to choose from. Oldham used Danny Grimshaw and Lewis Palfrey in the halves for their last match and it’s expected coach Scott Naylor will pick the same duo once again.


Any hope of potential success for Workington will come from their home form and games against teams such as Oldham will prove vital for them this year. The Roughyeds will be travelling to Cumbria without fear and they will know that they are the underdogs in the tie. Whether or not Scott Naylor’s side can use that to their advantage remains to be seen – Workington by 8

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