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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Workington Zebras well in charge

WORKINGTON bossed their North Lancs Cumbria game with Fleetwood for long spells and were clear 27-3 winners.

But the fact that the visitors had a prop sent off for a second yellow card offence seemed to help them more than it did the Zebras.

After Tom Heaton had walked off on 62 minutes the game continued with uncontested scrums, which certainly helped the lighter Fleetwood pack gain some ball.

But the result is now subject to an RFU committee ruling, due to the length of time the scrums were uncontested.

Tom Evans had kicked a penalty on 51 minutes to give Fleetwood their first points as they had trailed 13-0 at the break.

But that ended their best spell of the game and Workington started to take control, although the uncontested scrums weren’t to their advantage.

The Zebras had gone ahead on seven minutes with a Kevin Harper penalty, but he had missed two others before the home side scored the first try of the game.

It came on 20 minutes when strong forward pressure on the Fleetwood line eventually saw them being awarded a penalty try which Harper converted.

Right on the stroke of half-time Harper put over a second penalty.

Two converted tries for the West Cumbrians in the final quarter of an hour gave the scoreline a look which reflected the state of the game.

Chris Thompson went 35 yards for a fine individual try which Harper converted superbly from the touchline.

Then eight minutes from the end David Bowe, who was signing off ahead of an eight-week suspension, finished off from a well-constructed Workington maul. Again Harper put over a fine conversion.

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