Workington Town boss Leon Pryce admitted his side were not at their best despite beating Siddal yesterday in the Coral Challenge Cup third round clash.

Town won the encounter 22-0 but, although they got off to a great start with three early tries, they could not put the game to bed.

After naming just 16 players, some of those not full fit, Town were up against it and National Conference League outfit Siddal pushed them all the way.

But Pryce paid tribute to the fact that the Workington defence held out, not allowing Siddal to break through.

“I got what I asked for which was zero and for us not to concede any tries,” said Pryce.

“We had a really fast start but we are following a trend at the moment where we can’t control the ball.

“We are making too many errors and too many unforced errors and our penalty count can get erratic.

“It started getting a little bit feisty and we kind of got drawn in to that.

“We are very light on numbers but that is just what happens when you have a small squad and pick up injuries, and we couldn’t play any dual registration in that game.

“We had a few missing and Gordon Maudling was away on family commitments so we were down on numbers.”

But Pryce did pay tribute to the battling amateur side Siddal, who will have gone home with their heads held high after an impressive performance.

He added: “I must pay massive respect to Siddal, I thought for an amateur team they were fantastic.

“I thought they were really committed and had a really good defensive shape but we know we can be better than that.

“But we kept them to zero and we only had 14 fit players, so a lot of guys were putting big stints in and we are through to the next round.”