Keighley Cougars 12-16 Workington Town Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in association with A1 Stairlifts.
Paul March’s returns to first team action following the conclusion of his two month stadium ban was overshadowed by a lacklustre display against fellow top nine contenders, Workington Town.
The opening twenty five minutes set the tone for a dull affair at Cougar Park, in which the Cougars had the better off the ball before the game was turned onto his head by Workington’s dual registration stars.
Lewis Tierney, son of Jason Robinson, grabbed the first of his two tries when after a sloppy missed tackle by Daley Williams the full back sprinted sixty metres leaving James Craven for dead to go in under the posts.
This started off a fifteen minute period from which the Cougars never recovered, Jack Murphy crossed for the visitors second try when after a clever short pass out the tackle, the centre crossed despite the interests of March.
Tierney, on dual registration from Wigan, grabbed his second and the visitor’s third when he raced half the field to cross into the corner after an error by Richie Barnett allowed him to work his way over.
The opening half hour of the second half followed the pattern of the opening to the game but with the roles reversed as Cougars grabbed two tries despite dominance throughout by Workington.
After a series of penalties on the Town line, a pass around the line resulted in a clever James Haley offload being collected and put behind the whitewash by Brendon Rawlins.
Five minutes later, the Cougars set the game up for a grandstand finish when after an interception by Richie Barnett, the side made their way down field before Paul March seized the opportunity to go through the gap to score.
However, despite the best efforts of the team to find a way through to get the score to level or even possibly win, time was not on Keighley’s side and they now find themselves out of the relegation places on points difference only.
Yorkshire Times Man of the Match – Oliver Pursglove – In a game in which it would have been easier to pick the Cougars worse performer on the day, Olly stood out head and shoulders above the rest with a fantastic display in which he made two try saving tackles to keep the game alive.
COUGARS: Craven, Barnett, Williams, Haley, White, March, Handforth, Shickell, Feather, Rawlins, Lynam, Pursglove, Lindsay. Interchanges: Hesketh, Law, Cherryholme, Lee.
TOWN: Tierney, Mossop, Murphy, Stack, Carter, Lutpon, Forber, Coward, Mattinson, McAvoy, B Phillips, Szostak, Olstrum. Interchanges: C Phillips, Rooney, Duerden, Rowlandson.