Ex-Super League star Danny Tickle has come in for praise from Workington Town boss Chris Thorman for his consistency.

The new Town coach said the tough forward has impressed him in the short time he has been in charge and played a full 80 minutes in Sunday’s win against Hunslet.

Tickle was beaten to the official Man of the Match award by Stevie Scholey, who also put in a good stint, and Thorman admitted both players stood out on the day.

“I thought Stevie was very good,” said Thorman. “I have taken a real liking to Stevie, he reminds me of a typical old school Cumbrian forward

“But if you are going to play in the back-row, he needs to start playing 80 minutes. Any back-rower in the Super League or the NRL play 80 minutes every week but the fact that he got Man of the Match was great because he was very good.

“However, probably the man I would have given the award to was Danny Tickle.

“He played 80 minutes in the middle of the field and when Stevie came off he went to back row.

“For me, so far, he has been the most consistent, he’s been very good.

“There’s a reason probably not for him to turn up and do the small things all of the time, because of his age, his experience and because he’s been there and done that but he rocks up.

“Every time I ask him to do something in training he does it. He’s pretty quiet and quite unassuming but he’s an intelligent rugby league player.”

Thorman won his first League One game since coming to Town, when they ground out the 12-4 victory over Hunslet on Sunday with a much-improved defensive effort. And he admitted that although the win was not pretty, it was an important one.

“I don’t often say it but all we were bothered about was getting the two points,” said Thorman.

“Sometimes you just have to find a way of doing that and we did.”

Town have no match this weekend and the next time they are in action will be on Sunday, June 2 when they travel to take on Leigh Centurions in the 1895 Cup.

This gives Thorman a chance to rest some of his injured players in the hope that they will be returning to action shortly.