ANTHONY THACKERAY was the star of the show as Dewsbury ran out comfortable 50-6 winners in their play-off tie with Workington, writes John Anderson.
The half-back was in sensational form; scoring a hat-trick in a victory which Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison described as “clinical”.
The game started in a scrappy fashion but in the eigth minute Thackeray broke the deadlock. A lovely chip from Tom Hemingway was collected by Thackeray, who rounded the full-back to score under the posts. Hemingway improved.
Makali Aizue was returning for the hosts after a spell out injured and in the 27th minute he made his presence felt with a huge tackle on the unfortunate Greg Burke.
Workington were incensed as they claimed a shoulder charge but the referee placed the incident on report and Burke left the field with a heavy concussion. Just two minutes later, Keiran Hyde kicked a penalty goal to extend Dewsbury’s lead to 8-0.
In the 31st minute, Thackeray scored his second of the afternoon with a fine individual effort. He fooled the defence with a clever dummy before reaching out to ground the ball. Hyde converted.
Workington desperately needed to get to half-time without conceding any more points but they couldn’t manage it as in the 35th minute Scott Hale did well to hold a short ball from Thackeray and he powered through the defence to score.
Hyde again converted and then missed a late penalty effort to give Dewsbury a half-time lead of 20-0.
After an early Town error, Aizue broke the line and then side-stepped Murphy to score.
In the 52nd minute, Dewsbury scored a contender for try of the season in the form of Ben Hellewell. A number of offloads resulted in the ball been spread from one side of the pitch to the other before Hyde dummied his way through the line. Hellewell was in support and the lead was extended to 32-0.
Just four minutes later, Thackeray completed his hat-trick as he spun out of a tackle close to the line and dived over under the posts. Hyde converted.
Sam Wood then got himself sent to the sin-bin when he took exception to a high tackle and threw a couple of punches and just a minute later Workington took advantage of the extra man to score their only points of the afternoon.
Hyde kicked the ball through where Jack Murphy collected it deep inside his own half before showing terrific pace to race 90 metres and score. Carl Forber converted.
John Patrick fumbled the restart, however, and in the next set Ryan Hepworth powered his way through a tiring defence to score. Tommy Gallagher completed the scoring in the 75th minute when he picked the ball up from acting half and was too strong for the Workington defence to stop.
Hemingway brought up the half-century for Dewsbury, who go to Halifax next.