Workington 20 – 24 Oldham

Date published: Monday, September 5, 2011

ROUGHYEDS put up a stunning performance at Workington to finish their regular league campaign with a memorable 24-20 win, our seventh in the last nine outings and one which will give everybody a confidence boost ahead of the play-offs.

We kick off at Rochdale this coming Sunday (3pm) in a 4th v 7th clash that should be big enough to generate a comparatively big crowd, given that neither set of fans has far to travel and that a clash with our derby ‘nearest and dearest’ always stirs up lots of emotion and interest.

The winners will play the winners of the Doncaster v Whitehaven clash in round two, this game to take place at the Keepmoat if Roughyeds go through and at Spotland if the Hornets progress.

Workington got off to a flier in last Sunday’s game with tries by Pedley and Coward in the first 14 minutes, but Roughyeds worked hard to get back into the game and were rewardedwith tries before half-time by Mark Brocklehurst and Matthew Fogaerty.

Roughyeds then got well on top in the second half to register further unanswered tries by Neil Roden (after a great break by Valu Bentley); by Jamie Dallimore (on the back of his quick thinking and lightning reactions); and by Callum Casey (on a defence-splitting pass by Neil Roden).

Dallimore converted two of them as Roughyeds went into a 24-10 lead midway through the half.

Town were not going to go down without a battle, however, and they capitalised on the receipt of several penalties to score late tries by Carter and Kaighan to finish only four points in arrears.

Nevertheless, this was another superb win for Roughyeds, who have now beaten each of the other five play-off clubs at least once this year and who can now look forward with confidence to the start of the play-off series.

Scorers: Town — goals, Holt (2); tries, Pedley, Coward, Carter, Kaighan; Roughyeds — goals, Dallimore (2); tries, Brocklehurst, Fogarty, N Roden, Dallimore, Casey.

Town: Carter; Miller, Mossop, Low, Frazer; Holt, Kaighan; Macdonald, Pedley, Coward, Whitehead, Stack, Olstrum. Subs: Patrick, McGoff, Bainbridge, Clough.

Roughyeds: Robinson; Brocklehurst, St Hilaire, Fogarty, Gillam; N Roden, Dallimore; Boults, Clough, Stenchion, Bravo, Noone, M Roden. Subs: Whitmore, Gilchrist, Casey, Bentley.


Referee: D Merrick; Att: 750.