Seventh heaven for Workington in Cumbria

Whitehaven 12 Workington Town 16

The Recreation Ground

Only 11 miles separate these two towns on the Cumbrian coast and, in the last few minutes of an exciting Challenge Cup fourth-round tie, it seemed it might be hard to split them on the scoreboard.

In west Cumbria they argued all week that this was the tie the BBC should have televised. It was an argument that they were never going to win and no match interrupted as often as this one for offside was ever going to be a free-flowing classic.

It was a contest worthy of a wider audience. Whitehaven failed to beat their neighbours for a seventh game in a row, but they could well have ended that depressing run.

Their kicker, Jamie Rooney, missed an early penalty. He was more effective with a 40/20 kick to put them on the attack and with a long pass that allowed James Cameron to squeeze in at the corner. Town equalised when full-back Brett Carter came into the line, sold a dummy and straightened to score, with Carl Forber adding the extras.

After an exchange of penalties in the second half, we had seen some novel improvised kicking and an outbreak of serious scrummaging, with Jamie Acton and Rodney Pora disputing at the loose head until they noticed that the ball was nowhere near. It was that sort of pleasingly old-fashioned afternoon.

Workington hit the front for the first time with another penalty and then got the vital score when the replacement hooker Callum Phillips shimmied his way over.

Haven recovered the ball from their short kick-off and scored through centre Jessie Joe Parker. Rooney missed the difficult kick, however, and the four-point gap remained despite two good chances in the last two minutes. Parker failed to find winger Craig Calvert with a scoring pass and Calvert was stopped from touching down when he chased a kick into the corner.

"We got the win we deserved," said Town coach, Gary Charlton, on his way home to muse over the possibility of Wigan away in the next round. For Whitehaven's Dave Woods, it was too familiar. "It's another match we've lost through not doing what we should," he said.

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