Workington Town staged a remarkable comeback to defeat their West Cumbrian neighbours Whitehaven 26-20 today in the Summer Bash at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road stadium.
Whitehaven got off to a scorching start, powering to an 18-0 lead with tries from Grant Gore, French debutants Jordan Sigismeau and Louis Jouffret and Jordan Burns, although Jouffret could only add one conversion out of four.
Town finally got on the scoreboard five minutes before the interval when Jarrad Stack reached out to score and Carl Forber was able to add the goal to reduce the margin to just twelve points.
And Stack scored his second, again converted by Forber, after 54 minutes, and suddenly the Workington supporters recognised that they were in with a chance.
But Haven were next to score when Jouffret kicked a penalty for a shoulder charge on Gore.
But when Marc Shackley touched down, again converted by Forber, the Haven lead was cut down to two points.
And when Tyla Hepi was sinbinned and penalised, Forber’s goal equalled the scores and it was all to play for with Town in the ascendancy.
And it was Town who grabbed the victory when fullback Jack Murphy scored as the clock counted down, with Forber’s goal making the margin six points.
A full report and photos from today’s game will feature in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express.