MATCH REPORT – Workington 38 – 18 Thunder

Newcastle Thunder show a strong attack which provides chances, but a quickreacting Workington side make the most of the counter attacks helping them take the points.

A warm and sunny day at Derwent Park where Workington were hosting Newcastle Thunder. Two closely contested teams in the past, met again in round 12 of the League One competition.

Theerapol Ritson, Liam McAvoy and Conor Fitzsimmons all featured, playing against a club they’d all previouslyplayed for.

Thunder made a strong start by creating lots of opportunities to score with Lewis Young and Adam Brook pulling the strings in midfield but the finishing touches were missing as the team struggled to cleanly get past the whitewash.

It was Ali Blair that seemed to have scored first on the far left after a great piece of play through creative passes out wide, but the referee deemed the assist pass to be forward.

Other attacks lead by Theerapol Ritson and Lewis Young put pressure on the hosts line which just managed to hold off any Thunder threats.

Workington managed to get the first points of the day as a Thunder pass out wide was intercepted by the Workington winger making a valiant effort up field.

After a few phases the hooker was in just left of the up rights for his first of three of the day and a tough try to take for Thunder after they’d been so close themselves for the opening 20 minutes.

Another quick try by Workington through another interception and counter attacking saw their winger going in at the corner and Workington were gaining quick control of the game, especially when their hooker scored his second from his darting run from the ruck to grab his second.

The last try of the first half once again went Workington’s way as an initial 40-meter line break saw their second row go over and take as a healthy lead into the half time break

Half Time: Workington 18 – 0 Newcastle Thunder

The second half got underway with Thunder looking fired up and set to get back into the game.

Within five minutes they rewarded as debutant Remy Marigent scored after making a great run, side stepping players before diving over the line.

The build-up of Thunder’s momentum came to a halt as second rower Aaron Ollett was red carded after an initial shoulder charge that resulted in players from both teams rushing in and with this Workington were awarded and scored a penalty kick for the extra two points.

The red card seemed to have very little impact on the game and if anything inspired the remaining Thunder players.

Further pressure was put back on Workington defence as Thunder forced multiple goal line drop outs.

Spectacular pieces of attacking play were put together by Thunder as offloads were strung together resulted in the visitors never being too far away from the Workington try line.

But the hosts were very strong on the counter attack and managed to score two quick tries through their second row and centre, extending their lead.

Thunder responded through Marginet scoring his second of the day by supporting a kick made by Adam Brook,caught by Theerapol Ritson and offloaded to the French international, who charged over the line to grab his second.

This was followed shortly after by Liam McAvoy as he grabbed a try against his former club slicing through the defensive line and score untouched.

Workington got the final say as man of the match Sean Penkywicz scored his third try and sealed the win.

Full Time: Workington 38 – 18 Newcastle Thunder

Newcastle Thunder:
Theerapol Ritson, Mo Agoro, Joe Brown, Ali Bair, Tyler Craig, Lewis Young, Adam Brook, Liam McAvoy, Evan Simmons, Harry Aldous, Rhys Clarke, Aaron Ollett, Jack Aldous

Subs:
Remy Marginet, Conor Fitzsimmons, Vincent Rennie, Ben Calland

Try Scorers – Remy Marginet (2), Liam McAvoy

Goals – Adam Brook 3/3

Workington Town:
Sam Forrester, Ricky Bailey, Elliott Miller, Perry Singleton, John Patrick, Jamie Doran, Carl Forber, Oliver Wilkes, Sean Penkywicz, Stevie Scholey, Kyle Lovett, Caine Barnes, Jack Blagbrough

Subs:
Jake Moore, Tom Curwen, Andrew Dawson, Fui Fui Moi Moi

Try Scorers – Sean Penkywicz (3), Jack Blagbrough, Caine Barnes

Goals – Carl Forber 4/7

Penalty – Carl Forber