Newcastle Thunder 14 - 30 Workington Town

Newcastle Thunder 14 - 30 Workington Town

30th July 2017

Newcastle Thunder opened their Kingstone Press League 1 Super 8s campaign with a loss to Workington Town at Kingston Park Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the ramifications set to be felt further into the campaign.

In a disappointing display, Thunder were on the wrong end of a 14-30 scoreline and also lost leading try scorer Lewis Young to a red card midway through the second half, with an RFL disciplinary hearing to come following an altercation in which he was adjudged to have made contact with an opponent with his head.

It was all square following the first forty minutes as a Benn Hardcastle penalty evened up the scores in what had been a fairly open half, but one which the visitors would have been the happier after, as they enjoyed a solid showing.

Thunder started brightly with a good opening attacking set but saw that give way to some intense defence as they found themselves under the cosh as referee Sweet missed Workington’s Theerapol Ritson carry the ball dead and allowed the visitors a 20m restart as opposed to a goal line drop out.

The official’s error was then compounded as the hosts conceded a penalty to give Workington further territorial gains and though they were forced to defend back to back sets after conceding a goal line dropout, the defensive line remained intact.

When they could clear their lines properly, Thunder were immediately on the attack and took the first score of the game on the third set of six as their attacking tenacity forced the visitors into back to back goal line drop outs.

Running at pace, fullback Lewis Young delivered a pinpoint pass out to Tyler Craig on the wing, who finished with style for a try converted by halfback Hardcastle.

Workington answered back almost immediately, however, thanks to an arcing run from Callum Phillips, who passed back inside to Stevie Scholey, who in turn put boot to ball to set up a foot race won by Gabriel Fell.

It marked the start of a purple patch for the visitors, who made the most of their own opportunities and mistakes from the hosts, who surrendered several positive positions thanks to handling errors and indiscipline.

Enjoying an eight point lead with half an hour played thanks to tries from Macauley Davies and Joe Hambley and a goal from Jamie Doran, Thunder hit back six minutes from the break as prop Brett Waller crashed his way over from short range.

When awarded a penalty just before the half-time hooter sounded, Hardcastle calmly kicked the goal to square up the game, but it would prove to be the final points of the game for the hosts.

After a steady start to the second half, it was Town who regained the lead, with a second try for Davies on 48 minutes before the tie swung heavily in their favour with Young’s sending off on 57 minutes.

Enjoying a man advantage, Workington were able to stretch the home defence with relative ease, with a pair of quick fire tries for Fell and Hambley giving the visitors a comfortable cushion to see out the match.

Thunder tried to muster a response, but with the game being chased were unable to keep their composure and mount any form of fight back.

Thunder are next in action on Sunday when they travel to face Whitehaven.

Newcastle Thunder

Lewis Young, Joe Brown, Dan Parker, Derrell Olpherts, Tyler Craig, Danny Nicklas, Benn Hardcastle, Liam McAvoy, Evan Simons, Rhys Clarke, Harry Aldous, Stephen Snitch, Jack Aldous, Callum Bustin, Sam Luckley, Vincent Rennie, Brett Waller

Try Scorers - Craig (8) Waller (34)

Goal Scorers - Hardcastle (8, 34, 39)

Sin Bin - Danny Nicklas (29)

Sent Off - Lewis Young (57)

Workington Town 

Theerapol Ritson, Joe Hambley, Jason Mossop, Danny Rasool, Gabriel Fell, Stuart Howarth, Jamie Doran, Conor Fitzsimmons, Callum Phillips, Stevie Scholey, Brett Phillips, Macauley Davies, Perry Singleton, Kyle Shelford, Kris Coward, Jacob Moore, Gordon Maudling 

Try Scorers - Fell (9, 61) Davies (21, 48) Hambley (29, 64) 

Goal Scorers - Doran (21, 48, 61)

Penalty count: 11 / 11

Half-time: 14 - 14

Referee: A Sweet

Attendance: 655

Newcastle Thunder 14 - 30 Workington Town