With league leaders Silloth not in action, Workington seized the chance to get closer to them in the Cumbria League 2 title race and they did just that with a hard fought, but convincing 34-12 victory away to Millom - their 11th league win on the bounce.

Sam Robinson gave the Zebras a dream start on three minutes when he finished off a powerful surge to touch down for an unconverted try and this galvanised Millom into action.

However, Workington rode the storm and on 25 minutes Andrew McCrickerd sharply intercepted a stray pass to gallop home, with Robinson converting this time round.

Once again, Millom fought back as they probed the Zebras with efficient possession and dangerous inroads into their half. Their patience was rewarded on the half hour when Number 8 Trevor Dixon was on hand to break through for an unconverted try.

Workington recovered and on the stroke of half time, Jack Todhunter offloaded the ball to the ever alert McCrickerd who wasted no time in posting his second try of the day. Robinson again added the conversion.

The hosts came out for the second half determined to get back in the game and within five minutes a powerful and well drilled forwards drive ended with Dixon crashing over for his second try which was converted to reduce the arrears to five points.

But any dreams of a comeback were extinguished by Workington who delivered two tries in five minutes, the first through Andrew Branthwaite and then Jonny Howarth, with Robinson converting this one. David Wordsworth barged over for another try to confirm the win.

In spite of their defeat, which keeps them in mid-table, Millom deserve full credit for their part in a tough game, with Dixon key to the attack while at times their pack was more than a match.

Meanwhile, Workington can take pride in extending their winning streak to 11 and further entrench their hold on the second promotion place. However, the one blemish on an othewise fine afternoon, was the loss of second row forward Scott Faulkner, who joined the Zebras’ injury list when he was forced off with a broken ankle and although it is not known as to how long he will be out of action, he will definitely miss their home encounter with Furness this Saturday.