Hunslet 18 Workington 22: Town’s first-half lead just enough to keep Hawks at arms’ length

Richie Barnett
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Hunslet came close to ending an 11-game losing sequence with a spirited second-half performance that included two tries for winger Richie Barnett.

But Town probably deserved the points after a dominant first 40 minutes earned them a 22-6 half-time lead. Winger Brett Carter opened the scoring, overpowering Barnett on the line.

Jarrod Sammut was Town’s architect with boot and hand although Hunslet took the lead as Simon Brown’s kick saw Danny Grimshaw score. Brown converted. Centre Scott Akehurst regained the advantage for Town, reacting quickly to a loose ball after a kick-through and minutes later Brett Phillips dived through a crowd of players to cap a period of sustained pressure. A piece of magic, as Sammut easily broke the Hawks defence before kicking ahead only to be held back by a blatant shirt pull, was completed as substitute Perry Whiteley gathered to ensure Town’s 16-point lead at the break.

A brighter opening to the second half gave the Hunslet fans some hope. Richie Barnett’s interception of Elliot Miller’s pass gave the winger a 70-metre run to the line, while Brown’s kick reduced the deficit to only 10 points.

Hawks dominated possession for periods without being truly effective until Danny Ansell’s superbly weighted kick was gathered by Barnett for his second try. Brown’s huge touchline conversion cut the gap to just four points. But the final hooter came too early for the Hawks as both Liam Mackay and Ryan Backhouse were halted inches short of the line.

Hunslet: Watson, Agoro, Maun, Casey, Barnett, Brown, Grimshaw, Houston, Lee, Trout, Gee, Backhouse, Mackay. Subs (all used): Ansell, Lyons, Castle, Mvududu.

Workington: Forrester, Miller, Mossop, Akehurst, Carter, Doran, Sammut, Coward, Phillips, Shackley, Phillips, Stack, McAvoy. Subs (all used): Whiteley, Olstrum, Walker, Forber.

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.

Attendance: 567.