HUNSLET Hawks held on for a deserved victory at the Zebra Claim Stadium.
The slender-margin success enabled the West Yorkshire travellers to go four points clear of their Cumbrian rivals as both clubs battle to haul themselves clear of the ‘relegation zone’.
The critical period was the final 15 minutes when full-back Jimmy Watson was sin-binned for a flop and Town dragged themselves back to within three points of Hunslet.
Showing great resolve and determination, however, the Hawks held out and, in fact, were the team in the ascendency after Watson’s return for the final five minutes of the encounter. And generally, Hunslet were enthusiastic throughout and always looked slicker than their hosts with ball in hand.
After an even start, it was Hunslet who went ahead with the opening try on 14 minutes when hooker Jack Lee wriggled over from close range.
Although Town went in front – albeit briefly – with a Latu Fifita try, converted by Carl Forber, the Hawks built up a 15-9 lead by the break.
Leeds Rhinos pair Jimmy Keinhorst and Luke Briscoe took full advantage of Town’s mistakes to score tries, while Simon Brown added a conversion and a drop goal to the Hawks’ tally.
It was looking good for the travellers when Keinhorst scored his second after 47 minutes, but then Brett Phillips sounded the Town charge with a try on the hour.
Watson’s yellow card, followed by a try from Jamie Doran gave Workington late-game hope, but Hawks held on.
Workington Town: Tierney, Forrester, Murphy, Whiteley, Ritson, Doran, Forber, Walker, Mattinson, Shackley, B Phillips. Horton, Olstrom. Subs (all used): C Phillips, Coward, Sutton, Fifita.
Hunslet Hawks: Watson, Duckworth, Briscoe, Maun, Barnett, Kain, Brown, Haley, Lee, Yates, Martin, Keinhorst, Mackay. Subs (all used): Walters, Houston, Mvududu, Lyons.
Referee: John Crashley