West Cumbrian rugby league gets satellite TV spot
Published at 10:59, Friday, 20 July 2012
Workington Town’s vital away game at Doncaster on Thursday will be broadcast live on satellite television.
The match will be screened on the subscription channel Premier Sports.
It will be a crucial encounter, particularly following Doncaster’s defeat of Barrow last Sunday.
That, coupled with Town’s drubbing of South Wales, put the Workington side back on top of the Championship One table.
However, it is almost certain that Barrow are back on top this morning after their home game against Whitehaven last night.
Town’s 50-10 defeat of South Wales included a five-try haul from Elliott Miller which put him into the top four of Town’s all-time rankings.
Only three other players have achieved such a feat for the Derwent Park club. Graeme Lewthwaite scored five tries on two occasions – against York in 2001 and London Skolars in 2003 – and Stuart Cocker scored five tries against Barrow in 1994.
But Town legend Ike Southward still holds the record, a tremendous seven tries against Blackpool in 1955.
And Miller, 21, who has assured fans that there is more to come with five games of the regular league season remaining, is now heading the Championship One rankings with 20 tries, two ahead of Doncaster’s Lee Waterman and six tries ahead of a trio of players – Barrow’s Liam Campbell, Haven’s Craig Calvert and Doncaster’s Tom Hodson.
But the Millom-based, time-served fitter who works for Vickers in Barrow, would rather not score himself if it means the team winning.
Miller said: “It’s a real honour to be up there with such players as Ike, Graeme and Stuart but it’s the result that matters.
“If it means other players scoring the tries then I’ll be happy with that as long as we win the games.
“I’m really enjoying my rugby at Town after missing half the season last year through injury. I’ve only missed one game this season and that was through suspension.”
Miller’s feat against South Wales could have been even more outstanding had it not have been for two more efforts which were disallowed, one for obstruction and the other for putting his foot in touch, which the winger strongly denies.
He said: “It’s great to be at the top of the Championship One try-scorers but, again, it’s all about the team winning.
“After the first couple of tries, I thought a hat-trick might be on. Then, when I scored the third and we were obviously on top, I thought let’s just go for as many as I can.
“At the start of the season, I thought we’d be pushing for promotion but I didn’t think we’d be doing as well as we are. But the team spirit is great and all the squad are pulling in the same direction.
“We’ve got five games to go and the two that stand out are at Doncaster and at home to Barrow.”
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Elliot is a great player in a great side. He has reached new heights in his try scoring this season yet he is magnanimous in praising his team mates for his successes. This attribute more than any is why, I believe, Town have been so successful this year and long may it continue.