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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Workington Zebras recover from set-back to record strong win

WORKINGTON maintained their winning sequence in North Lancs Cumbria with a 32-7 win at Oldham after conceding the first points.

A superb break by stand-off Gareth Barber put Oldham in a good attacking position and Joe Hesse finished off by scoring the try which Mark Goodman converted.

But Workington weathered the early Oldham storm and came back well themselves to reduce the arrears on 19 minutes.

The backs kept the ball moving along the line before Bede O’Connor crossed in the corner.

The weather turned really foul towards half-time but the Zebras increased the tempo and the forwards gave their opposite numbers a hard time.

Oldham cracked when the Workington front row was pulled down a metre short and the referee awarded a penalty try which Kevin Harper converted.

After an initial surge by Oldham, Workington took charge and were able to add to their points when the home side had a player yellow-carded for a late tackle.

The forwards hammered at the line and Jason Howarth went in for an unconverted try before Harper kicked a65th minute penalty from 35 yards.

Workington had the game by the scruff of the neck by now and on 70 minutes Martin Armstrong chipped over the top to set up the next try.

Although the Oldham full-back gathered his clearance kick was charged down by O’Connor who went on to score his second try.

Oldham were under increasing pressure in the closing stages and after a succession of drives and mauls in the home 22 John Chisnall had a simple task in picking up and diving over the line. Harper converted.

Wigton retained their place at the top of North Lancs Cumbria with a comfortable 22-6 home win over Aldwinians.

Keswick’s home game with St Benedict’s was called off in the morning because of a waterlogged pitch and will be played on January 2 or 3, at the discretion of the teams.

Netherhall travelled to Furness without four regular first teamers and were well beaten 47-0.

In heavy conditions the big home pack dominated the first 25 minutes and scored a try converted by the outstanding Darren Holt. The stand-off kicked two penalties to increase the lead.

As usual the Maryport team never gave up and some solid defence by Philip Dixon and Sam Winter in the back row kept the home forwards from making more ground.

In North One West Aspatria went down 36-0 at Northwich and although there is little doubt the hosts deserved the victory the final score flattered them and did not reflect the effort put in by a determined Black Red outfit.

Yet again, the Black Reds made the long journey down the M6 with a squad shorn of several key players. Damage limitation was probably the best that could be asked of the team. This they achieved and much more.

Unfortunately, the usually reliable Steven Stoddart missed two standard penalty attempts and on a third occasion didn’t even get the opportunity for a pot shot.

Fixtures - North Lancs Cumbria: Burnley v Wigton, Alwinians v Keswick, St Benedict’s v Furness.

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