Dewsbury Rams slump to defeat as play-off hopes suffer a serious setback

Dewsbury Rams slump to defeat as play-off hopes suffer a serious setback


James Craven bagged the Rams' only try seven minutes from time James Craven bagged the Rams' solitary score

WHILE Workington took another step towards Championship safety, completing the double over Dewsbury, the Rams suffered a serious setback in their hopes of a top-eight finish.

In fact Glenn Morrison's side could be dragged into a scrap just to survive with strugglers York, Hunslet and Keighley coming up over the next four weeks.

In physically draining conditions, the Rams were out-scored by four tries to one and were effectively outplayed.

Despite enjoying bags of territory and possession, especially in the first half, Dewsbury failed to convert it into points.

In fact there was even debate over the awarding of Dewsbury’s solitary score seven minutes from time.

James Craven appeared to have fumbled the ball in a scramble to control a high kick to the corner.

Though referee Chris Leatherbarrow, following consultation with his assistant, awarded the try which was improved by Bobbie Goulding.

Leatherbarrow had to also consult with his touch judge to confirm the opening try of the game, which came on 15 minutes to put Workington ahead.

Peter Lupton had swept out a long, flat pass which appeared to have travelled forward.

Elliott Miller took it in his stride to touch down in the corner and after a brief word between the officials the try was given.

Before Town scored again on 37 minutes, they had to work hard in defence as Dewsbury spent long periods in the home 20.

Stephen Nash, Lucas Walshaw, Ryan Hepworth and Rob Spicer all made an impact but could not break through a resolute Workington backline.

And the Cumbrians moved further ahead through Andy Morris, who raced 50 metres to touch down. Carl Forber to added the conversion.

A key moment arrived six minutes after the break when the visiting Rams had what looked a certain try disallowed.

A Goulding chip was gathered by Craven, who touched down only to be told he had placed a foot in touch while crossing.

To make matters worse, hosts Workington added to their tally two minutes later as Paddy Flynn out-paced Karl Pryce to make it 16-0.

Flynn bagged a try of his own on the hour to finalise the home side's triumph, Forber goaling to deny the Rams as much as a bonus point.

Dewsbury had the final say, but it counted for little more than consolation.

TOWN: Brett Carter 7; Elliott Miller 7; Jason Mossop 7; Andy Morris 7; Paddy Flynn 7; Peter Lupton 8; Carl Forber 7; Ewan Dowes 7; Graeme Mattinson 8; Kris Coward 8; Brett Phillips 7; Jarrad Stack 8; Jordan Walne 8. Subs: Jamie Acton 8; Callum Phillips 7; Adam Lawton 8; Marc Shackley 8.

Tries: Miller (15), C Phillips (37), Flynn (48, 62)

Goals: Forber 3/4

RAMS: Karl Pryce 5; Dale Morton 6; Brad Watkinson 6; Gregg Scott 7; James Craven 7; Kieran Hyde 7; Bobbie Goulding 7; Stephen Nash 8; Kane Bentley 7; Ryan Hepworth 8; Scott Hale 7; Lucas Walshaw 8; Josh Tonks 7. Subs: Ben Jones 7; Tommy Gallagher 7; Adam O’Brien 7; Rob Spicer 8.

Tries: Craven (73)

Goal: Goulding (1/1)

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow

Half-Time: 12-0

Penalties: 5-6

Sin-Bin: None

Sent-Off: None

Attendance: 635

ThePress Man of The Match: Ryan Hepworth – Proved a towering figure up front

Weather: Sunny

Match Rating: 3/5

By Steve Martyn

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