DEWSBURY RAMS put in a gritty display to come from behind and beat Workington 31-18 in a re-arranged fixture at Derwent Park on Wednesday.
The long mid-week journey to Cumbria was always going to a big ask for Glenn Morrison’s men as they embarked on a busy period in their season.
And it was the home side who began on top, storming into an early lead when Sam Forrester raced in on seven minutes and Carl Forber converted.
In an error-strewn opening 20 minutes for the Rams, Workington took full advantage and Forber’s boot put them 8-0 up following an indiscretion.
It took Dewsbury 27 minutes to get on the board and they turned to a familiar source to provide it.
Kieran Hyde’s grubber kick to the in-goal pinballed off a number of players and centre Shane Grady was on hand to touch down. Hyde converted to bring the visitors within two points.
The Rams’ discipline continued to hamper their progress and once again Forber took full advantage, kicking a penalty goal to edge his side further ahead.
Dewsbury did eventually hit the front as half-time approached, neat work from Anthony Thackeray gifting Luke Adamson the space to score his second for the club in only his third appearance.
Hyde added the extra two to give the visitors a 12-10 lead at the break.
The Rams started the second half as they had ended the first and were soon on the scoreboard again.
Winger Dalton Grant broke through the Workington defence and stand-off Matty Wildie was in support to race in for his first try in the red, amber and black.
Hyde converted to put Dewsbury two tries ahead.
The game continued to be a real battle and Workington reduced the deficit when Marc Shackley burst through and Forber converted to bring his side within two points.
But it would prove as close as the home side would get, as the Rams put in a professional finish to seal the victory.
There was an element of fortune for Dewsbury’s next try. A kick through saw Workington’s Forrester and Theerapol Ritson collide, leaving Hyde with the easiest of touch downs. Hyde converted to re-establish his side’s eight point advantage.
But after Dewsbury had conceded another penalty right in front of their own uprights, Forber was on hand to kick the simple goal.
The game remained on a knife edge as first Tom Hemingway broke through but Town saw out the danger, before Workington pressured the visitors’ tryline to no avail.
Instead it was the away side who got the all-important breakthrough. Hemingway missed an attempted drop-goal from acting half, but the Rams hooker made no mistake with his second attempt as he added a crucial one-pointer with seven minutes to go.
Both sides pressed as they looked for the game-clinching score.
But the game was sealed with three minutes to spare when Town full-back Jack Murphy did brilliantly to save a Rams 40-20, before throwing a loose pass in goal which Aaron Brown pounced on to score.
Hemingway took over the kicking duties to add the extra two and seal the game.