MATCH REPORT | WORKINGTON TOWN V LONDON SKOLARS

17th July 2019

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Workington Town 32 London Skolars 22

With five games of the regular league season remaining, Skolars remain in the play-off spots, but Workington Town narrowed the gap to one point after a late comeback.

Due to reseeding the game was played at Borough Park, home of Workington AFC. Town took an early lead when Perry Singleton ran onto a Jamie Doran chip after Doran and Stevie Scholey had both gone close. Skolars levelled soon afterwards with Judd Greenhalgh taking a crash ball over from close range, Neil Thorman converting.

Town, coached by Neil’s elder brother Chris, forced a goal-line drop-out from the kick-off, , but a pass to the left went over Scott Rooke’s head. Their next attack saw a long pass to the right just evading Jonathon Walsh’s grasp.

Skolars kept kicking early in the tackle count, trying to make Workington defend from deep, but Tyllar Mellor was well placed to take every kick and returned them well. With limited opportunites to attack the tryline, Skolars took the opportunity to take the lead through a Thorman penalty, but Workington regained the lead soon afterwards when Doran dummied, then stepped inside to brush through the defence. James Barran made a similar move to score at the other end as Skolars went in 10-14 at the break. 

The lead changed hands again early in the second half after the restart, when Dec O’Donnell forced his way over. With tempers starting to flare, Skolars were down to twelve men after Barran was sin-binned for his part in a scuffle, but when O’Donnell was sent-off for lashing out in a tackle, Skolars had a real chance to take the game.

However, it was the Cumbrians that seized the initiative, dragging Lameck Juma into touch on the first tackle after the penalty. Full-back Tyllar Mellor managed to stretch down to ground the ball in the right corner despite three tacklers around him. Iliess Macani raced from his own half before being stopped ten metres from the Town tryline, but the defence couldn’t keep hold of him and he carried on over the line to score. Thorman’s conversion levelled the scores and his penalty four minutes later gave his side a narrow lead with six minutes remaining.

Town won possession from a short kick-off and Doran slipped the ball to Scholey ten metres out. Skolars threw caution to the wind on their next possession, but they lost the ball on the first tackle and Doran rounded off a victory for the home side with his second try, with Carl Forber kicking his fourth goal of the afternoon.

Coach Jermaine Coleman named himself on the bench, but did not come on, whilst injuries meant that Workington only used 15 players. It was an emotional day for Town after learning that their long-serving team manager, Brian Ritson, had died the morning of the game. 

TOWN

 2 Tyllar Mellor

20 Jonathan Walsh

 3 Sam Hewitt

 4 Perry Singleton

16 Scott Rooke  

 6 Jamie Doran

 7 Carl Forber

25 FuiFui MoiMoi

17 Dec O’Donnell

10 Stevie Scholey

12 Gordon Maudling

11 Danny Tickle

14 Andrew Dawson 

Subs:

13 Karl Olstrum (not used)

22 Sam Hopkins

15 Tom Curwen

19 Caine Barnes (not used)

Tries: Singleton (3), Doran (26.79), O’Donnell (53), Mellor *58), Scholey (75)

Goals: Forber 4/6

Sending-off: O’Donnell (55) – punching

LONDON SKOLARS

 2 Iliess Macani

 1 Elliot Jennings

  3 Omari Caro

 4 Lameck Juma

 5 Mo Agoro

 6 James Barran

 7 Mike Bishay

18 Judd Greenhalgh

 9 Neil Thorman

22 Mike Greenhalgh

12 Rob Tuliatu

11 Jordan Williams

13 Lamont Bryan

Subs 

16 Liam Scott

10 Matt Ross

15 Rinaldo Palumbo

14 Jermaine Coleman (not used)

Tries: J Greenhalgh (7), Barran (31), Macani (70)

Goals: Thorman 5/5

Sin-bin: Barran (55) – punching

Penalty count: 10-3

Half-time: 10-14

Referee: Aaron Moore

Attendance: 810

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 6-8, 10-8, 10-14, 16-14, 20-14, 20-20, 20-22, 26-22, 32-22


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