Whitehaven 24 Featherstone 35: Rovers on track for top-two finish

Gareth Moore.
Gareth Moore.
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Featherstone Rovers remain on course for a top-two finish in the Kingstone Press Championship after completing a league double over Whitehaven in Sunday’s game at the Recreation Ground.

Andy Hay’s men continued their return to form with a 35-24 win but the travelling West Yorkshire outfit didn’t have things all its own way.

After building a 16-4 first-half lead they trailed 22-16 at half-time.

However, Featherstone took charge once again in the second period.

The successful result kept Featherstone two points clear of third-placed Halifax, who won at Swinton and four clear of Doncaster who lost at Keighley.

But Rovers remain 10 points adrift of the Championship leaders Leigh Centurions, who trounced Rochdale Hornets 72-22.

Featherstone’s try scorers on their latest trip to Cumbria were Will Sharp, Ian Hardman, Andy Bostock, Greg Worthington, Jason Crookes and Gareth Moore who also kicked five goals for a personal tally of 14 points.

New signing Jamie Rooney, meanwhile, chipped in with a drop goal after making his second Featherstone debut as a substitute.

Whitehaven: Carr, Ainscough, Taylor, Parker, Calvert, Seymour, Thorman, Robinson, Newton, Crellin, McAvoy, Mitchell, Doran. Subs: Southernwood, Grayson, Foster, Jackson.

Featherstone Rovers: Mendeika, Sharp, Worthington, Hardman, Crookes, Kain, Moore, Crossley, Ellis, James, Lockwood, Pick, Dale. Subs: Rooney, Annakin, Hirst, Bostock.

referee: Joe Cobb.

Attendance: 901.

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