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VIDEO: Uppies clinch second game of 2012

The Uppies snatched the second victory in the 2012 Uppies and Downies series in Workington. See how the game unfolded here.

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Workington's Uppies grabbed back a bit of pride as they clinched the second game of the town's mass no rules football game series.

Uppies and Downies, an Easter tradition that dates back hundreds of years, turned into a compete grudge match last night as players from both sides fought for almost three-and-a-half hours to get the ball to their respective hailing points.

It was down to Uppie Jordan Rumney, 27, of Salisbury Street, Moss Bay, to claim the victory at Workington Hall which drew the three-game series level to 1-1.

He said: "It's the best feeling in the world to hail the ball. It was a good game, well battled by both sides, but what swung it for us was that everyone worked together to get the ball to Workington Hall. It was a good game and we are ready for Saturday's match."

The ball, thrown off by Robert Daglish Junior at 6.30pm on the Cloffocks, was at the centre of a massive tussle as hundreds of players joined a scrum to move the ball.

They fought over Allerdale council's car park, trapping Robert's parents Carole and Robert Senior in their car, which was dented in the struggle, before moving on to the Cloffocks car park and then the Cloffocks itself.

The action moved on to the edge of that car park and players spent 20 minutes or so moving the ball to and fro by the steps to Brow Top, before Uppies got ther upper hand and surged towards the back of the Wilkinson store and Opera Bingo complex.

Action then moved into Cooper's Walk, and as residents hung out of their windows to glimpse the scrum, players trampled over cars in the yard.

Somehow, the ball ended up in Workington police station car park and for a while, it seemed as though Downies might steal the advantage as they pushed the ball closer to the River Derwent,where they could swim it to their hailing point at the town's docks, but Uppies managed to wrestle the ball from them and break away to run to Curwen Park.

The scrum of Uppies players collapsed halfway up to the hall and they decided to walk Jordan round to the steps so he could hail it in relative calmness.

A huge cheer went up as he hailed the ball.

On Friday, the Uppies got the ball to Hall Park but an Uppie mistakenly handed to a Downie, who ran away with the ball and hailed it at the harbour.

Saturday's match will decide the 2012 winner. The ball will be thrown off at 6.30pm at the Cloffocks.

See how it all unfolded below. . . .





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