Disappointed Workington Town boss Chris Thorman admitted ‘we got what we deserved’ after going under at the hands of Oldham yesterday.

Town lost out 26-16 in a below par performance, which was watched by over a thousand supporters at Borough Park.

And Thorman said that they had missed the organisation of half-back Carl Forber and Danny Tickle, who both missed out through injury.

“I thought we were poor. A lot of the stuff we had worked on, especially the offense, the shape that we practice consistently, wasn’t there.

“When it was we scored two tries off it but that was the only time we did it in the whole game – two sets.

“There were a couple of factors that didn’t allow us to do it as Carl Forber wasn’t playing and neither was Danny Tickle and they are two very influential players, especially when we have the ball.

“I thought we lacked a little bit of direction. I was asking Sean Penkywicz to play in the halves and he hasn’t done that in a very long time.

“We just weren’t direct enough and didn’t keep our shape and I was very disappointed.”

The game also had a high penalty count, which frustrated fans as the game did not flow.

Thorman said he had spoken to ref Steve Race after the game and admitted it was a stop-start encounter.

He added: “I just asked him a couple of questions but unfortunately at this level the standard of officiating is not fantastic.

“I was keeping a tally of the penalties but I lost count because I thought he was whistle happy.

“The fans come here to watch a game of rugby league and it was stop-start all the game.

“If I was a fan I would have been frustrated by the ref’s performance.”