Workington put more distance between themselves and the bottom two in a forgettable afternoon in South Leeds.
The two sides came into this relegation dogfight with very contrasting form with Workington looking to make it three wins in a row while Hunslet were hoping to end their nine-game losing streak. The Hawks had released a club statement requesting fans get behind them for the rest of the season and it seemed to work.
Despite Danny Grimshaw dropping out during the warm up for the home side, Barry Eaton’s players came out all guns blazing and were ahead after just five minutes. Ansell’s bomb was palmed back by Mo Agoro to Callum Casey who then off-loaded to Liam Mackay, the Hunslet loose-forward making no mistake from five yards out.
Workington were struggling to make a mark on the game, but with Hunslet pressing for a second score, Jarrod Sammut picked a Jimmy Watson pass out of the air and the on-loan Wakefield star had a simple 80-metre stroll up field.
This seemed to spark Phil Veivers’ players into life and they were in front just four minutes later through Elliot Miller.
And Brett Carter crossed just three minutes into the second half to keep Hunslet on the back foot, and the Cumbrian side put the result beyond any doubt five minutes before the end when Carter scored his second of the afternoon following a break from Callum Phillips.
Jack Murphy then completed the scoring with a 60-metre effort to ensure his side go into the Super 8s stage with that all important extra home game.
Hunslet: Watson, Agoro, Casey, Maun, Barnett, Brown, Ansell, Haley, Lee, Mulhern, Martin, Gee, Mackay. Subs: Flanagan, Castle, Trout, Houston.
Workington: Murphy, Miller, Mossop, Stack, Carter, Sammut, Doran, Coward, C Phillips, Shackley, B Phillips, Horton, McAvoy. Subs: Forber, Olstrum, Walker, Szostak.
Referee: Mike Woodhead (RFL).