Challenge 1000 for first home game General March 3, 2020 Workington Town are the visitors to Kingston Park Stadium this weekend as Newcastle Thunder look to build some early momentum in the 2020 Betfred League 1 season. Starting on the road to Coventry Bears, it was a satisfactory win for Simon Finnigan’s men as a six-try showing gave them an 8-28 win at the Butts Park Arena. It was a result largely decided in the opening half as four tries in the first 30 minutes gave Thunder a comfortable lead to work with, as they overcame blustery conditions and having players out of position as they adapted to losing key men to injury. After back-to-back Challenge Cup weekends, Workington Town also opened their League 1 campaign with a win as a disciplined display gave Chris Thorman’s side a 24 – 6 win over Keighley Cougars at Derwent Park. The Cumbrians’ defensive effort was a key factor in their comfortable victory as they consistently repelled the Cougars attack, only conceding a consolation try in the last two minutes. It sets up what should prove to be an entertaining early season derby between the two sides, as Thunder aim to make it four consecutive home wins over Town. With a healthy travelling support always adding to an electric atmosphere at this fixture, Newcastle have issued a “Challenge 1000” for the game as they aim to attract a four-figure crowd for the first home match of the season. Tickets can be booked now by clicking here, calling 0871 226 6060 or visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office. Adult match-day prices start from £15, while all adult and concession tickets booked in advance enjoy a £5 discount. Under 16 tickets are priced at £3 throughout.