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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Workington Town fired up for first Cumbrian derby

Workington Town coach Gary Charlton is confident his players won’t be complacent as the season’s first big Cumbria derby looms.

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Gary Charlton

Town take on Barrow Raiders at Derwent Park on Sunday (3pm ko) with Raiders boss Darren Holt warning that his side’s first win “isn’t far away” after watching them lose their fourth game on the trot, at home to Batley Bulldogs in front of the TV cameras last Thursday night.

“We won’t be complacent, there’s no way we are taking anyone for granted,” said Charlton, “especially when you take into consideration the performances we’ve put in at home to Halifax and Sheffield.

“Okay, saying that we got close isn’t good enough. Those are the sort of games we should be winning and they were against top opposition. When we are in winning positions we have to learn to close the game out. We can say ‘yeah, we competed with them’ but ultimately we have to win those games,” he added.

“We went through the DVD of the Sheffield game at training last night and the same two or three things kept popping up. We’ll learn.

“You can’t keep giving these teams the chances we gave Sheffield. It may be just one bad read or one tackle in 30. We’ve got to do the little things right.”

Though Town have shown heroics so far this season, they still have the record of three defeats on the trot, their only win being the opening game of the season at Swinton Lions. They have taken two bonus points from those three defeats.

Charlton added: “When you put a new team together it takes time. We have three winnable games coming up in the next month against teams that will be around us in the table. We’ve got to be looking to be picking up points.

“If we play like we did on Sunday, cut out the errors and create the chances, we can win these games. We’ve got to be a bit smarter in defence after giving away a couple of tries to Sheffield. That cost us the game.”

Town travel to York City Knights on Sunday week before a home clash with Batley. They then travel to Featherstone before taking on Haven at home on Good Friday (1pm).

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