Crafty half-back Jamie Doran is starting to show his class on the field - according to his delighted Workington Town coach Chris Thorman.

The talented pivot upped his game against Coventry and he had a hand in several of the 10 tries that Town ran in.

And Thorman said he is improving steadily, and could really make a difference in their League One campaign.

“Our ball carriers generated some quick ruck speed against Coventry and I thought Jamie Doran in particular showed his class,” said Thorman.

“He showed some real moments of class and a couple of his kicks to space were great. And when he takes the line on, he’s a handful too

“Mine and Jamie’s relationship is a work in progress but he is getting better and better and proving what a capable half back he is in this competition.”

Doran got on the scoreboard himself with a great breakaway try but full-back Ryan Fieldhouse stole the show with two superb tries from inside his own half.

And Thorman had words of praise for Fieldhouse, who is still coming back to form after a spell out through injury.

“Ryan had his best game since I’ve taken over,” he said. “There is some improvements in his game, and we have looked at videos and worked on his defence and offense. But he scored some really good tries and carried the ball really well out of back field. He’s starting to get our numbers right from a defensive point of view which is important in the modern game for a full back.”

Thorman also had words for the returning Tyllar Mellor, who came back on the field after suffering a head knock, and picked up two tries, the pacy Calvin Wellington and a stoic performance from second rower Stevie Scholey.

“I’ve known Tyllar for a long time, having coached him at Huddersfield and I know what he’s capable of and he’s very good at this level.

“I also thought that Calvin Wellington was a real handful when he carried the ball and I think he’s only going to get better and better.

“And Stevie is another one getting better and better every week. What I like about him is he’s no-nonsense and his attitude and his effort is 100 per cent all the time.”

Town’s win sees them in sixth place in a tight league table, still led by Whitehaven and they know they have to keep up this form if they want to hit the play-offs at the end of the season.

Next up is another home game against third-placed Oldham – again at Borough Park – and Thorman admitted the win over Coventry would count for nothing if they lose that game.