Workington 0 Featherstone 52: Rovers wrap up high-scoring double over Cumbrian-based strugglers

Andy Ellis
Andy Ellis
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WORKINGTON Town suffered another comprehensive home defeat as Featherstone completed a high-scoring double over the west Cumbrians.

It had been 72-0 at Featherstone earlier in the season and at half-time Rovers were halfway towards repeating that scoreline. After a spirited start from the Cumbrians, Rovers just had too much class and power as they had the game virtually sewn-up by half-time with a 36-0 lead. With Gareth Moore and Andy Ellis pulling the strings, Rovers were always in control.

Featherstone took the lead on 12 minutes when the ball was opened out inside the Town red zone and Jay Hitchcox dotted down in the corner. Paul Sykes put over a fine touchline conversion, the first of eight in the game.

On 18 minutes it was Sykes slid in between the posts, and on 25 minutes they scored again. Cording lashed the ball forward and it rebounded off a Workington player to Sykes who simply put Ian Hardman in. A monster 40-20 from Moore led to him finishing off after clever work by Ellis.

Town were in disarray four minutes later when Ellis broke through too easily and set-up Moore for his second try.

Full-back Hardman swept through to collect his second try and with Sykes 100 per cent from his first-half kicking they turned round 36-0 to the good.

To their credit Workington battled hard for respectability in the second half, restricting their opponents to just three more tries, scored by Thomas Minns, Hitchcox and Remy Marginet.

Workington: Murphy, Miller, Mossop, Lloyd, Tierney, Doran, Forber, Walker, Lucock, Shackley, Phillips, Stack, McAvoy. Subs: Forrester, Whiteley, Duerden, Scholey.

Featherstone: Hardman, Sharp, Sykes, Minns, Hitchcox, Milner, Moore, Baldwinson, Ellis, James, Cording, Maitua, Spears. Subs: Marginet, Bostock, Bussey, Foster.

Referee: Michael Woodhead.

Attendance: 749.