Dewsbury Rams: Thackeray’s treble tonic helps sink Workington

Anthony Thackeray
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ANTHONY THACKERAY crossed for a hat-trick as Dewsbury Rams hit the half-century to beat Workington 50-6 in their elimination play-off tie.

In the eighth minute Thackeray broke the deadlock after collecting a lovely chip from Tom Hemingway, who also goaled.

Makali Aizue was back after a spell out injured and in the 27th minute he made his presence felt with a huge tackle on the unfortunate Greg Burke. Workington were incensed as they claimed a shoulder charge but the referee placed the incident on report and Burke left the field with a heavy concussion. Two minutes later Keiran Hyde kicked a penalty to extend the lead.

Thackeray scored his second with a fine individual effort, before Scott Hale did well to hold a short ball from Thackeray as he powered through to score. Hyde again converted to give Dewsbury a half-time lead of 20-0.

Aizue broke the line and then side-stepped Murphy to score at the side of the posts, before Ben Hellewell finished a sweeping move to extend the lead to 32-0. Just four minutes later Thackeray completed his hat-trick.

Sam Wood got himself sent to the sin-bin when he took exception to a high tackle and threw a couple of punches, and just a minute later Workington took advantage of the extra man to score their only points of the afternoon through Jack Murphy.

John Patrick fumbled the restart however and in the next set Ryan Hepworth powered his way through a tiring defence to score.

Tommy Gallagher completed the scoring in the 75th minute and Hemingway brought up the half-century for Dewsbury who go to Halifax next.

Dewsbury rams: Pryce, Morton, Hellewell, Grady, Wood, Hyde, Thackeray, Haggarty, Hemingway, hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Murphy. Subs: Wright, Aizue, Farrell, Gallagher.

working: Murphy, Ritson, Mossop, Patrick, Rossi, Lupton, Forber, Coward, Lucock, Burke, B Phillips, Farrell, McAvoy. Subs: James, Dawson, Duerden, C Phillips.

referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.

attendance: 805.

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